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Disa’s Alternative Summer Studio 2020

Author: Disa Allsopp

We were so looking forward to Disa’s Summer Open Studio this weekend. We love displaying the jewellery in the sunny studio, chilling the champagne and preparing the nibbles! As plans have changed through the current crisis we have been adapting as best we can and hope you will enjoy viewing Disa’s work in a safe and accessible way. 

We have been adding new work regularly to Disa’s Web-shop. As well as the stunning 18k gold textural pieces with gemstones and diamonds, we have also been spending time updating the silver work on offer online. This includes some great new textural earrings and rings that Disa has designed with everyday wear in mind.

The Open Studio is usually an opportunity to see a huge range of Disa’s work, past and present, and we will be representing this over the coming weeks with the work we add to the Web-shop. So do keep checking in to see what has been added each week.

If you use social media, you may have seen Disa on a few different accounts of late! Last week she was interviewed live on Instagram TV by Toronto based Rue Pigalle. Discussing her inspirations, processes and special commissions, it was a really lively conversation where people could put forward their own questions to Disa. She has also been featured in an article by Rachel Garrahan, Jewellery Director for British Vogue. If you would like to hear more about these events before they happen then follow Disa on Instagram and Facebook where Disa herself posts updates, news and work finished hot off the bench!

If you have ideas for commissions or want to discuss purchasing a piece directly then Disa is always available via her Contact Page. She is also able to give you a virtual viewing of work via Zoom should you wish to talk face to face!

In addition to this we are happy to announce that Disa is now able to arrange meetings in the studio by appointment for one person at a time. Disa will provide hand sanitiser on arrival and a clean safe space to show the collection and discuss your ideas.

Thank you for reading about how we are doing our best to keep you abreast of Disa’s work through this difficult time. We appreciate your ongoing support and hope we can welcome you with a glass of champagne in the Autumn! 

All the best
Disa & the team x

The Round Bar Silver earrings now available online.
An example of the new everyday wear oval earrings Disa has added to her Web-shop

With so many of us having to change our holiday plans this summer we thought it would be nice to feature a few of Disa’s pieces that are inspired by her time in far off places.

As we dream of when we may once again find ourselves in exotic lands, these pieces may go some way to reminding us of happy experiences and give us hope for future adventures.

Disa Allsopp Spaghetti Rings – Inspired by the amazing food of Italy. The coils of wire instantly transport you to sitting in a little family run restaurant in the cobbled streets of Rome, or to a country villa, sipping cold white wine and catching the strands of spaghetti as you admire the vista! Browse the collection by clicking here or on the image of this warm 18k gold Spaghetti Ring.
Paraiba Tourmaline 18k Gold Ring – What could be more reminiscent of Caribbean seas than this stunning Paraiba tourmaline? It is even cut and faceted in to the shape of a water droplet! Add then the hammered texture 18k gold and you are walking barefoot on the warm sands of Barbados, listening to the waves and watching as the fishing boats come in. You can view this piece on request, just contact Disa through your prefered medium here.
Kenyan Aquamarine Textured 18k Gold Ring – Clear skies above you as you head off on safari in to the rugged landscape of East Africa! This Kenyan Aquamarine will transport you to the huge skies and expanses of land that go on as far as the eye can see. The rugged edge and deeply textured finish of the wide one-off band, with file marks and dips that remind you of the rough terrain and rocky rides through wildlife reserves. Look out for the lions! Available through the online shop here.
RGdNOEm010400M 18k gold textured ring with 4.4ct Emerald
4ct Emerald 18k Gold Ring – Exquisite Parisian chic encapsulated in a ring. This classically cut Emerald, the colour of swinging Paris in the Twenties, gives this ring an Art Deco feel that has us admiring it over our morning croissant et chocolat chaud. Timeless, Disa’s signature melted textural finish gives an Emerald 18k Gold ring a contemporary twist. Available via Whitebird Gallery, Paris.
Lemon Quartz 18k Gold Ring – The bright lights and busy streets of Manhattan, yellow taxis whizzing by, where if it’s bigger, it’s better. This cushion cut Lemon Quartz will flash far and wide enough to catch anyone’s eye. The narrow reticulated band makes this piece all about the whopper of a Lemon Quartz, just under 10 carats! And if you really want to go for more is more then stack it up with another huge gemstone, New York will love you! Available from Disa’s online shop now.

We hope you have enjoyed your travels with us today, and that for a little while you were transported to far off climes. Wishing you all good health and as always, do be in touch with any queries. Disa is available for commission work and we are posting out orders safely and securely for anyone ordering online. You can also now view all available pieces via the Instagram and Facebook pages, let us know where they take you!

Ciao!

Disa and the team x

Four weeks, give or take, since social distancing has been in place so we thought we would check in and let you know how things are going here at Disa Allsopp Ltd.

With her small team all working from home Disa has had the workshop to herself and has been designing for clients and testing out new ideas. Until a week ago she shared her outdoor space with a nesting Robin and three chicks! She has shared some beautiful pictures on Instagram. They have now flown the nest meaning Disa and Molo the Dalmation can again enjoy their garden in peace!

The team have been working on expanding Disa Allsopp’s online presence. We are excited to share with you the new shopping features on Disa’s Instagram and Facebook. This means it is easier to view the details of anything Disa shares with you on social media. Just tap on the image and you will be taken to the product page.

On this lovely Spring day we wish all of you good health and hope you are finding ways to enjoy the simple things during this difficult time. Thank you to all our clients and followers, we really appreciate your ongoing support!

Disa and the Team xxx

In view of the current situation I wanted to let you know how we are going forward here at Disa Allsopp Ltd as concern for the COVID-19 increases.

We are a very small team and have been maintaining high levels of hygiene in the workshop since hearing of the virus. I am still working from my studio and my staff are working from home as of today to reduce any risks. We have been cleaning the studio regularly and sanitising jewellery as we package it for post.

We are still able to make and send work out so please do be in touch. We will be posting items online in our web-shop and on social media, you can order via www.disaallsopp.com or via Instagram and Facebook.

Wishing you all the best and thank you for your continued support at this difficult time.

Disa

Disa is always happy to work with clients’ on bespoke pieces. Most recently she has made this statement ring for a client who wanted to mark a moment in time and create a new family heirloom.

This stunning piece was handmade in her London studio using diamonds from a pre-owned ring. Disa combined these with a baguette cut Kenyan Aquamarine on a wide lightly melted band. The positioning of the Aquamarine creates a contrasting line with the tapering diamonds.

The client is over the moon with her new Disa Allsopp original and will be able to pass this down to the next generations.

If you would like to speak to Disa about your own ideas for a bespoke item please email her on disa.allsopp@gmail.com.

Rub-over settings frame the aquamarine and seven diamonds.
The play of light between the aquamarine and 18k gold.

Disa is looking forward to her third appearance at this February’s Melee The Show, New York. An exclusive trade-only event this is an opportunity for buyers from all over the world to come to view Disa’s new work alongside other outstanding international goldsmiths’.

Held at the beautiful Highline Hotel, visitors can marvel at the splendour of their surroundings while sipping Champagne and viewing luxury jewellery. The show is fast becoming a must see for fashion companies, boutique owners and stylists working in the high end of the jewellery industry. Designers aim to bring their freshest looks to the show.

Disa has some stunning new pieces to share, particularly focusing on textural surfaces and colourful gemstones like Emeralds, Garnets, Aquamarines and Tourmalines. Handmade chain necklaces with faceted beads and statement gemstone pendants also feature heavily.

Dates for the show are 1st – 3rd February.
If you are in the industry and would like to register please visit:
Melee the Show Registration

Disa looks forward to welcoming you to her stand!

This year Disa has worked on some stunning commissions, including this bespoke textured 18k gold Marquise diamond.

Disa made a range of one-off wide 18k gold reticulated rings, each one different to the last. The client fell in love with one of these rings and asked to have her inherited diamond added to it. The marquise shape of the white diamond was something a bit different. To highlight its shape Disa incorporated it in to the melted texture band by placing it on the edge of the ring. This creates an overhang effect that draws the eye down the finger when being worn.

Many of Disa’s pieces have a sculptural element to them, something the client loved. It is details like the positioning of the stones, rough edges and textures that set these wearable sculptures apart.

If you are interested in discussing options for bespoke work you can contact Disa via disa.allsopp@gmail.com.

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday!

Here in the workshop Disa has been working on some stunning new rings for Autumn. Particularly mesmerising are the Emeralds she has sourced and we thought we would like to feature them on this months blog post.

Emeralds are part of the Beryl family, along with aquamarines and morganites. What differentiates them is the presence of chromium resulting in the rich green colour unique to emeralds. They are a rare stone due to the highly specific conditions needed to make them over thousands of years and sit at 7.5 – 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Despite this they can be fragile and need to be worn with care! All emeralds have inclusions, unique markings within the stone that occur during their natural growth in the ground. This makes each stone unique.

Disa has been creating one off wide gold reticulated bands to create a rich setting for the wonderful examples she has sourced. We have one available on the Online Shop and also a stunning piece included in a fresh delivery of work at Dover Street Market, London.

If you would like any information on these pieces do get in touch anytime by either emailing disa.allsopp@gmail.com or via the Contact Page.

Enjoy the Autumn wherever you are, Fall for our friends across the water!

18k gold textured wide ring with 2.10cts Emerald available from Dover Street Market
18k gold textured ring with 4.4ct emerald available from DisaAllsopp.com

Disa is exhibiting this week at Goldsmiths’ Fair, on until Sunday. Set in the stunning Goldsmith’s Hall, the Fair showcases some of the finest goldsmiths and silversmiths in the UK.

Carol Woolton, British Vogue’s Jewellery Editor, has written a fantastic piece on the show. She includes as a highlight Disa’s beaten textured rings and colourful gemstones. We are so excited to be featured and hope you enjoy reading it too! Follow the link below to read the full article.

https://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/gallery/sculptural-gold-jewellery

Disa often works with clients to create bespoke commissioned pieces. This can take many forms from creating something to a clients brief, to re-working gemstones from inherited jewellery.

Recently Disa has been working on some fun pieces for a returning client. D wanted an exciting piece to be created using diamonds from an eternity ring inherited from her mother. Disa sent some initial sketches over via email to start the conversation. From here ideas were narrowed down and a design confirmed. In these images you can see that the client is a fan of bold, unique rings and Disa was happy to oblige! A domed, textured silver ring with 18k gold draped over and diamonds scattered. We affectionally refer to it here in the workshop as The Cosmos Ring!

If you would like to discuss an idea for a bespoke commissioned piece of jewellery then contact Disa by sending an email to disa.allsopp@gmail.com or sending her a message through the contact form.