Gems of the Veg Patch! Posted on July 31, 2020July 31, 2020 by Disa Allsopp 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Goodbye for now from Disa and her team, and a woof from Molo! x Disa Allsopp exhibits in New York with Melee the Show Posted on May 24, 2019May 24, 2019 by Disa Allsopp We are busily preparing for Disa’s exhibition in August with Melee the Show, her second appearance at this glamorous trade-only show. Held at the Highline Hotel in buzzy Chelsea, New York, it is a must for anyone looking to find unique high end jewellery from independent makers. Disa is working on luxurious gold necklaces and earrings to add to her collection, as well as building up her gemstone ring selection. The gemstone 18k gold rings are a favourite for collectors of Disa’s work so she is constantly on the look out for interesting colours and cuts. After her event two weeks ago for London Craft Week with Joanna Hardy & Goldsmiths’ Fair (see the last blog post), Disa was even more keen to source some lovely precious and semi precious stones. She is looking forward to sharing these new pieces with the top buyers in New York in August. To visit the show you must be connected to the Jewellery and Fashion industries. The show runs from 10th -12th August 2019 and you can register to attend here: Melee The Show Registration Hope to see you there and a happy Bank Holiday to the UK readers!