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Alison Moore Designs

  • A time to reflect

    I was flicking through my photos yesterday and thought it would be nice to collate some of my favourite rings that have left the workshop over the last month or so, several of which are more unusual engagement rings! 

    Which ring would you choose?

    Greatest hits

    From left to right on each row

    Mini diamond  Storybook ring in silver and goldLondon blue topaz Storybook ringLunar moon and star stacking rings

    Fairytale silver and gold heart ringWhimberry amethyst, peridot and moonstone stacking rings, Madeira citrine Storybook ring

    Prehnite Storybook ring, White topaz Storybook rings, Boulder opal and 18ct gold ring

  • Meet Alison

    I've been working with Alison now for almost 2 months and learned lots about her and the way that she works.  Here's a little insight into the person behind the workbench.

    Describe your style in 3 words?
    Simple, timeless and understated.

    What inspires you and your work?
    I have had a lifelong passion for gemstones, art and design. I studied geology at university and whilst I was studying, I became fascinated by minerals. This then turned in to an addiction and has now heavily influenced many of my designs.

    What’s your earliest memory of being creative?
    My earliest memory of being creative was winning prizes at school for art. One competition I remember was for designing an Easter card! The competition was sponsored by a local bank and if I remember correctly the prize was £10 and a new bank account (this is maybe why I have so many bank accounts today). I have always been a perfectionist when it came to art. I remember when I was younger trying so hard not to go outside of the lines in my colouring books!

    Give us a brief run through of your average day in the studio.
    I come in to the studio at 8 am. The first thing I do is put the kettle on and make myself a strong black coffee. I then usually check through my emails and tidy my work bench ready to start they day.  My assistant (Lillie) then comes in at 9 am and we go through what needs to be done that day, what I need to make and what needs to be sent out to customers and stockists. We try to be as prompt as possible with our customers orders and ensure everything is gift wrapped, packed and at the post office for lunch time, in time for the post to be flown off the island that day.  I try to spend at least one afternoon a week experimenting and working on new designs for future collections.

    Do you have a favourite piece?
    I like all of my pieces but, the storybook rings are my favourite, especially the mini storybook rings.  They were inspired by childhood memories. There is something magical about the storybook design, much like a children’s fairytale. The texture of the rings reminds me of leather bound books and the wavy edges like the worn pages. I really love how the texture of the bands off sets the sparkle of the gemstones.

    Storybook rings What Kristen Saw

    If you could collaborate with another designer/artist who would it be?
    I love the works of Angie Lewin.  She’s a fabulous artist that creates very stylized works of plants. She uses a lot of organic influences which is something I really like. I am actually currently working on a new jewellery collection along the organic lines which will hopefully be released next year.

    Print By Angie Lewin Print By Angie Lewin

    If you weren't a designer, what would you be doing?
    I used to work in the land remediation sector. I actually started designing as a self taught hobby giving my jewellery as gifts to family. Friends then spotted my pieces and I made a few bits for them and it expanded from there.

    Alison Workshop

    What’s on your studio playlist at the moment?
    Everything Radio 4, including the Archers. I love it! It Keeps me focused whilst in the workshop.

    Who would you love to own one of your pieces?
    I think it would be really  cool if J K Rowling owned one of my storybook rings! She is such a stylish lady who has a strong love of jewellery. I think It would be really fitting as she is such and iconic writer of storybooks and there is definitely something ethereal and whimsical about my storybook rings much like Harry Potter. J K Rowling is also known to be extremely passionate about jewellery and I know that she has helped design pieces in order to raise money for charity.

    J k rowling J K Rowling

    If you could move your studio anywhere, where would it be?
    I would definitely stay in Orkney and although we are not very far from the sea, I would like to be beside the sea with a beautiful view! Although having said that we would probably get very distracted and never get any work done.

    workshop view The perfect view over looking the sea in Orkney!

    Who are you design heroes?

    I love, love, love Scandinavian design, I love its simplicity from home interior, furniture and patterns to jewellery.  The work of Georg Jenson is a special favourite.

    Scandinavian A Scandinavian image from one of Alison favourite books

     

    Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
    I dream of having a tiny shop attached to the workshop - something a bit quirky and not run of the mill.

  • GEMSTONE OF THE MONTH - SAPPHIRE

    Blog post by Lillie G.

    Since working at Alison Moore my knowledge of gemstones has widened immensely, helping me to appreciate jewellery so much more. I now understand how rare and precious each gemstone is and have therefore decided to begin each month with a blog celebrating the gemstone of the month.

    September Gemstone – Sapphire

    A maiden born when autumn leaves Are rustling in September’s breeze, A Sapphire on her brow should bind; To bring her joy and peace of mind.

    —Gregorian Birthstone Poems, author unknown

    storybook_oval_sapphire Alison Moore Designs

    Who?
    For those born in September sapphire is your birthstone .The September birthstone is one admired and envied by many (including myself)! Sapphires come in a variety of colours from pink and purple to orange and yellow, but it is the classic deep blue colour that is associated with September.

    Besides being the birthstone of September babies, sapphires are also a traditional 45th wedding anniversary gift and the gemstone for the zodiac sign Taurus.

    Famous September babies who share sapphire as their birthstone include Pippa Middleton, Ronaldo, Beyoncé, Adam Sandler, Michael Bublé and Jennifer Hudson.

    Alison Moore sapphires Alison Moore sapphires

    What?
    Sapphire is one of the hardest natural gemstones placed second only to diamond in its hardness. This makes sapphire a very popular gemstone when it comes to jewellery making.

    Sapphire jewellery as a gift represents trust, loyalty and honesty. Sapphires are also believed to protect loved ones from envy and harm.

    sapphire-jewellery

    When?
    Sapphires are the perfect gift for any occasion. With renewed attractiveness of sapphire rings since the engagement of Kate Middleton and Prince William in 2010.  As William proposed with a stunning eighteen carat blue sapphire ring, which formerly belonged to his mother, Princess Diana.

    Where?
    Sapphires are only found in a few locations around the world including; Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Tanzania, Madagascar, Montana and Australia.  Some sapphire sources have greater prestige than others, For example, blue sapphires from Burma are highly prized by collectors.

    Sri Lanka Mines Sri Lanka Sapphire Mines

    As part of our new story book collection at Alison Moore we have a two beautiful Sapphire Rings.

    rings and saphies 4 Alison Moore Designs.

    This would make a perfect gift for a loved one or a beautiful and unusual designer engagement ring. This exquisite sapphire is set in a gold bezel on a sterling silver leather textured band (WOW).

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