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Winter Months and Seasons Greetings

I would like to extend warm wishes to everyone and thank you for all of your support during the year. It has been a busy year despite its ups and downs due to the pandemic. We have been able, with your support, to adapt to conditions and continued to export jewellery abroad and sell to private clients, shops and galleries.

The Goldsmiths Fair 2021 was a lovely exhibition to take part in and seeing all of my colleagues and friends again was a big bonus. I was able to share new ideas and discuss upcoming projects, it was a very exciting week!

The website continues to be updated with new work so do have a look and I will be sharing new projects and collections as we approach the holiday season. You can follow me on www.instagram.com/disaallsopp

Christmas Shipping Dates

The workshop closes on the Monday 20 December – 10 January
The last date for International Shipping is Tuesday 14 December
The last date for posting out in the UK in time for Christmas is Monday 20 December.

Do take a look at the online shop if you would like a special gift.

The Goldsmiths’ Fair is taking place this year! Disa is very happy and excited to be exhibiting at the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall alongside the most talented jewellers and silversmiths in the country!

This year the Fair will showcase over 130 master craftspeople over two weeks. Disa is showing her new collections in Week One (28 Sept-3 Oct). The second group of jewellers and silversmiths are in Week two (5-10 Oct).

To manage numbers in the Hall and ensure you have the best experience possible all visitors are asked to book a timed entry ticket. Here is the link to get your tickets, don’t miss your spot!

Alongside timed entry tickets, the Fair has introduced additional measures to ensure the safety of visitors, read more about these on the Fair’s website.

Disa will be exhibiting a range of her signature Spaghetti rings and organic pieces with vibrant coloured gemstones, alongside some new and interesting pieces.  

For a preview you can follow Disa on Instagram where we will post updates of new work and updates about the Fair.

Disa is looking forward to seeing everyone at the Fair!


Saved and Remade, a new BBC Two series where you will see an incredible team of makers creating bespoke one of a kind transformations.

This series started on 29th March and is on every evening at 6.30 pm for four weeks.

#savedandremade #creative #design #sustainability #transform

As we near the end of a tumultuous year we would like to extend the warmest of wishes to you and thank you for all your support!

However you plan to spend this season’s holiday hopefully you will find a chance to rest and recuperate.

Despite this years challenges Disa has been able to continue running the business from her London studio. We are so grateful that it has been a busy year, though so many exhibitions and events were put on hold. We have had to adapt to the new conditions, the team working from their homes, remote client meetings, digital exhibitions, the list goes on!

Throughout you have responded to our new methods of reaching our customers positively. We have had fun with our mail-outs this year, sharing Disa’s main inspirations and interests. If you would like to be on our mailing list to receive these fun and informative mail-outs then sign up here. The website has stepped up to being the main window to Disa’s collections and we are continually adding new work to the site. The digital exhibitions have had a great response, making the hard work all worth while!

As the new year approaches Disa is looking forward to sharing new projects and collections with you. Make sure you follow her on Instagram and Facebook for announcements. In the meantime here are some key dates for you:

The workshop closes from Thursday 17th December – Monday 4th January.

The last date for international shipping is Tuesday 15th December.

The last date for posting out in the UK in time for Christmas is Thursday 17th December.

Do take a look at the online shop if you are looking for a special gift this year, and if you have a project in mind for 2021 get in touch!

Goldsmiths’ Fair Digital is now live and we would like to invite you to view Disa’s page on the brand new digital forum for collectors…

You will find a selection of some of Disa’s key pieces and you can contact Disa through the Fair’s site to discuss these in more detail either via Zoom, email or telephone. 

You will also find links to Disa’s website where we have added some new work, including diamond rings, tactile handmade chains and more Spaghetti Rings.

You can also find the opening address from none other than His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Prince Charles discusses the importance of the craft industry within the UK and the skills we pass on to the next generation. Watch his address here. 

In addition to this Disa has created a video introducing you to her workshop and approach to making. Follow this link to find out more about Disa’s work, as well as over 130 other designer jewellers and silversmiths.

We hope you are adjusting to the autumnal season and enjoying the new colours and light it brings!

In light of this years challenges the annual jewellery event of the year has moved online to bring you the latest work from the UK’s top makers. Dates for Goldsmiths Online are 24th September – 6th October.

The new website launches on 24th September featuring this years selected makers. Disa is excited to be part of this years Goldsmiths’ Fair as it moves online for the first time in 38 years.

As part of reaching the Goldsmiths’ Fair audience online, Disa has created an exclusive video of herself in the workshop. She talks you through part of the process of creating her signature Spaghetti Rings while annealing the metal. This is a heating process that makes the metal more malleable. Watch her here and let us know what you think!

In addition to the designer-maker pages Goldsmiths’ Fair will be continuing with their popular Talks Programme. These include discussions around designers’ approaches to the making process as well as social and historical issues around Jewellery and Silversmithing.

Goldsmiths’ Online is set to be an exciting event and we hope you join us there! Disa will be available for all enquiries received over the two weeks. To register for free entry to the Online show follow this link.

With more of us spending time in our gardens and local outdoor spaces we take a look at some of the fruits of the garden and how they inspire Disa in her work. Summer time in Britain brings with it gluts of courgettes, juicy tomato harvests, and scented herbs galore! Beetroot and beans, potatoes and lettuces, all can be dug up, plucked and picked for our culinary delight!

If you’re a jeweller however, it’s not just the taste that appeals. The shine on a ripe red tomato will instantly remind you of rich cabouchon garnets and rubies. The aroma of crushed mint mixed in to a homegrown potato salad will nudge you in to sourcing tourmalines. Making a garden salad can inspire a whole collection!

Like many others Disa has turned to her garden for calm and reassurance through an uncertain time. Finally the work is starting to pay off! We caught her inspecting her crops while the infamous Molo the dalmation watches on.

Molo has more interesting things to investigate as Disa checks on her tomatoes.
It’s difficult not to make the connection between the greens of the unripe tomatoes and these tourmalines…
This bunch are on the turn, becoming riper by the day. The intense yellows are starting to come through as they warm to that rich tomato red we all recognise.
This yellow tourmaline has a distinct lime hue just like the ripening tomatoes!
Mint Tourmaline 18k Gold Ring – good enough to eat!
Peridot and Green Tourmaline 18k Gold Cluster Ring – Below: Garnet and Pink Tourmaline Cluster Ring
It’s not just the colours that can inspire either. Look at these Cluster Rings – remind you of anything?
We’ve had just the right conditions this year in the UK for bountiful harvests – lots of sunshine followed by lots of rain, followed by more sun. These plums will soon be ready for making jams and chutneys!
Hessonite Garnet and Yellow Zircon Ring – Hessonite Garnets have that gorgeous peachy tone that is hard to resist.
This peach Moonstone pretty much sums up the image above!
This Triple Garnet 18k Gold ring has the deep reds of summer berries.
When it all comes together!

We hope you all manage to get some precious time out doors and enjoy the flavours, colours and shapes of the season. Some of the rings we have shared with you here are still available, others can be made to order. Have a look in the Webshop to see what other pieces catch your eye! As ever Disa is able to discuss any ideas you may have about commissioning a one off piece, just contact her by emailing disa.allsopp@gmail.com.

Goodbye for now from Disa and her team, and a woof from Molo!

x

This Autumn Goldsmiths’ Fair goes digital! Disa has been honoured to have been a regular exhibitor at Goldsmiths’ Fair for the past few years. One of the highlights of the UK Jewellery industry’s calender, Goldsmiths’ Fair has been welcoming collectors of fine jewellery through it’s doors since 1982. This year will see the launch of it’s online platform to support business recovery for sole traders and microbusinesses who are making and creating in the UK today.

It has never been a more important time to support our vibrant and creative industry and to promote the skills and techniques, handed down over centuries, of our maker community.

Richard Fox, Prime Warden (Chairman-equivalent) of the Goldsmiths’ Company, comments, ”At the Goldsmiths’ Company we are committed to supporting our craft and trade for the long term, as we have done for the last seven centuries through some of the worst crises in our history.”

And 2020 is no different as the Goldsmiths’ Company will be representing 130 designer makers based in the UK.

Double Cornflower Sapphire Ring

Harriet Scott, Head of Events at the Goldsmiths’ Company who curates and manages the Fair, says: “Our exhibitors are a selection of the best fine jewellers and contemporary silversmiths creating and making in the UK today. We will be supporting our maker community through their own digital journey and helping to future-proof their businesses during a period when the industry needs our backing more than ever. Creativity will always be one of the most powerful and inspirational responses to a crisis and this will be reflected in the unique, contemporary handcrafted jewellery and silver that will be available exclusively to visitors to the online Fair this September.”

Disa is looking forward to sharing her new work with you through Goldsmiths’ Fair Online – we will keep you posted via social media as things progress. The Fair will open its virtual doors from 24 September – 6 October 2020. To receive regular updates about this year’s online event, sign-up for the Goldsmiths’ Fair newsletter: https://bit.ly/goldsmithsfairnewsletter

Scapolite 18k Gold Ring

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