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Alison Moore Designs

  • Auction for Aid

    Whilst Orkney is bathed in sunshine, swallows blissfully darting around the skies and rabbits are hopping around the fields, it's hard to understand the pain and suffering that is happening to the natives of another country a few thousand miles away.

    I sometimes try to imagine having to leave my home with only a few belongings, on foot fleeing hundreds of miles to another country hopefully with my loved ones, but it really is unimaginable.

    So what can we do?   Well I've become one of more than 60 jewellers from throughout the UK to donate work to a Facebook auction in aid of refugees in Europe and the Middle East.

    Auction for Aid Auction for Aid-British jewellery community getting together to raise funds for the refugee & migrant crisis

    The Auction for Aid gets underway today (Monday, 19 September) and runs until Sunday (25 September). It follows a smaller auction held last year, which raised over £10,000 for the refugee cause.

    Thumbelina birthstone ring up for auction Thumbelina birthstone ring up for auction

    There are some really STUNNING pieces that you could treat yourself to without a guilty conscious knowing that all money raised will be going to  an incredibly worthy cause.  included in the sale is my Thumbelina birthstone ring, my mineral cuff links and a Whimberry Orion pendant (lots 101-103).

    So what are you waiting for?  Head over there now and get bidding!


  • Colourful Sapphires

    It’s hard not to be in love with Orkney at any time of the year, the landscape is ever changing and the skies wonderfully dramatic.  In September we have seen some amazing purple skies as the sun begins to set a little earlier and we kiss goodbye to summer.  The clouds have been incredible too and as I look back on my decision to work here, I only have to look up to know time and time again it was the right one.

    Orkney sunset Orkney sunset

    September’s birthstone is the beautiful and richly coloured sapphire. The word sapphire comes from the Latin sapphiru which means blue, but contrary to popular belief, a bit like the Orkney sky, it can be a range of many different colours. Sapphires can vary from pale to deep navy blue but can also be found in yellow, pink, purple, orange, green and even black. Maybe it’s time to experiment and think outside the ring box for something a little different.

    Pink sapphire Entwined Beginings pendant Pink sapphire Entwined Beginnings pendant

    Sapphires have often been associated with royalty which is possibly where the term royal blue comes from.

    Medieval kings wore sapphires believing they would be protected from their enemies, Princess Diana famously wore a sapphire engagement ring and it was later handed to Kate Middleton on her engagement to Prince William.

    Sri Lankan Sapphire Storybook ring Sri Lankan Sapphire Storybook ring

    Napoleon gave Josephine a sapphire engagement ring and sapphire rings have also been seen on the fingers of Penelope Cruz, Beyonce and Elizabeth Hurley. So if a sapphire is your jewellery of choice you are definitely in good company.

    It is well known that the diamond is the hardest substance on earth but in second position is the sapphire making it durable for every day wear. This gemstone will definitely stand the test of time.

    White sapphires are often used as a more cost effective alternative to diamonds and look stunning in their own right.

    White Sapphire gold Entwined solitaire ring White Sapphire gold Entwined solitaire ring

    Sapphires are commonly associated with loyalty and dignity a touching choice for an engagement ring. They are also traditionally used for those celebrating a 5th or 45th anniversary.

    If you are interested in a sapphire for your jewellery choice and wondering where to start, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  I love to talk rocks! Give me a call and I’ll be happy to match you to the perfect jewellery piece for you.

    White sapphire solitaire ring White sapphire solitaire ring

    Celebrate your September birthday in style with a sapphire. And if it’s not your birthday in September but you just love them, then buy one anyway.  I won’t tell.


  • August Birthstone, Peridot

    Peridot is a very old gemstone originally used by Egyptians and while it dates back to over 200 years B.C. it is still right up-to-date and a modern favourite among jewellery purchasers.

    Peridot gold solitaire ring Peridot gold solitaire ring
    The birthstone for the month of August and one of my favourite colours, the green gemstone contains very fine traces of iron which is what contributes to the hints of gold in the gemstone and is one of only a few gemstones to come in just one colour. The intensity of the colour is dependant on the amount of iron present and the stone itself while not particularly hard, will be able to stand up to good and regular use.
    Sterling silver peridot studs Sterling silver peridot studs
    Olivine, of which peridot is the gem quality name for the mineral, is mainly a product of igneous intrusions where melted rock from deep within the earth erupts at the surface. The mineral crystallises as the rock cools.  Certain meteorites also contain olivine (or peridot).
    Most of the Peridot comes from igneous environments. These gems are formed deep within the mantle of the earth, and are brought the the surface by volcanic activity. Peridot is also found in certain types of meteorites, though these forms of Peridot are too rare and usually too small to be used as gemstones.
    Peridot can be found in meteorites. A slice of pallasite meteorite slice containing olivine.
    Peridot would be an ideal choice for  August birthdays, 16th wedding anniversaries or any other gifting occasion. We have peridot set in necklaces, rings and earrings and is available in our popular storybook rings and solitaire rings.

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