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Natalie Dissel

Each of Dissel’s dramatic designs comes with its own travelogue: a necklace with turquoise from Iran, a pendant of amethyst and agate from an Afghani gem trader in Bangkok, a shell cuff with netting from Papua New Guinea.
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Banjar Semer, Kerobokan, Bali, Indonesia

The Overview

For Bali-based jeweler Natalie Dissel, it's quite clear where her inspiration comes from. "It's all about travel with me," declares the Dutch-born Dissel, whose wanderlust has led to journeys in South America, Asia and the Middle East. Each of Dissel's dramatic designs comes with its own travelogue: a necklace with turquoise from Iran, a pendant of amethyst and agate from an Afghani gem trader in Bangkok, a shell cuff with netting from Papua New Guinea. In 2008, Dissel collaborated with MADE, a fêted U.K.-based fair-trade firm that operates a workshop in Kenya, and is currently working on a new collection for the brand.



During her travels, Dissel is always on the look out for unusual stones, and she notes where each gem is from. "Most of the jewels I use have their own stories: how they were found, where they're from. If a client wants, I'll write it up on a little card," she says. And she often photographs herself with the seller. "It's something I learned when I did relief work after the tsunami [in 2004]—to document where things come from and where the money goes."

Tel: +62 813 3272 1119

Website:
nataliedissel.com

 

Published on Sep 1, 2010

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