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Goldsmiths’ Fair Digital Opens Today!

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

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!