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  • Tanzanite December Birthstone. Guaranteed to beat the winter blues

    If you were born in December then all your birthdays and Christmases have come at once, as your birthstone is the stunning and much admired tanzanite.

    Tanzanite Solid Gold Stud Earrings

    It’s as unique and precious as you are, as it can only be found in one place in the world, making it an extra special gift to open up on Christmas morning or to unwrap on your December birthday.

    Tanzanite is blue in colour but has a distinct hint of purple or violet making it a remarkable and unusual choice, bound to get your little rock noticed.

    Tanzanite Thumbelina Birthstone Ring

    On a more spiritual level, the tanzanite is connected with profound meditation and is believed to illuminate, and unite the heart and mind. It is believed to be a soothing and calming stone especially enhancing communication, and is believed to aid emotional healing.

    Tanzanite Alice Storybook Ring

    Whatever your reasons for choosing tanzanite, we have something for you.

    For your extra special gift why not try a Thumbelina birthstone ring or one of our stunning Alice Storybook rings.  And if you’re planning a Christmas proposal then we have this incredible tanzanite solitaire ring.  How could she say anything but yes?

    Tanzanite Gold Solitaire Ring



  • Ruby, birthstone of July

    July hosts the birthstone to the beautiful and rich red ruby, named from the Latin word rubens meaning red.

    Ruby engagement or anniversary ring Ruby 18ct gold Storybook ring

    Rubies are incredibly hard, only slightly softer than diamonds, and are one of the highest valued for coloured gemstones. In fact it’s been known for large rubies to fetch a higher price than a diamond. They are nearly all flawed so to find one with no imperfections means a price higher than a diamond of similar weight or quality.

    Rubies are linked to vibrancy and life because of their colour and  ancient folklore of some countries believe rubies enable you to live at peace with your enemies.

    Of all the coloured gemstones it most represents passion and love; making it an ideal choice for your engagement ring or wedding ring. Choose one set in our story book design and make your own story a very happy ending. Perhaps you could have something special engraved on the inside?

    40 years after your wedding day you could celebrate again with a ruby anniversary jewellery piece.  But don’t wait that long, there are too many birthdays, Christmases, anniversaries and beautiful rubies to let slip by.

    Ruby silver and 9ct gold Storybook ring Ruby silver and 9ct gold Storybook ring
  • An Island Proposal

    Last year, Orkney was voted the most romantic destination by non-other than Mills and Boon.  As I see people in a permanent state of boiler suit and everyone hurrying around in anoraks, woolly hats and clothing zipped up to the neck, I sometimes wonder how they reached that decision. But then I look beyond that to the incredible, ever changing skies. The landscapes, history and secret places and I understand.  I hope to share with you some of the romance of Orkney through the blog and invite you to share any of your stories with me.

    Skara Brae

    Up here we’ve seen some huge storms and locals are used to finding ways to make sure they stick to the ground along with their roofs, sheds, trampolines, cars and cattle.

    In 1850 there was such a storm which combined with a very high tide.  This stripped the grass and sand away from a mound near the coast on the West Mainland to reveal the edge of several stone buildings. This was enough to arouse the curiosity of the local laird, who decided to excavate the site. What he discovered was part of a 5000 year old ‘housing estate, ‘fascinating stone houses joined together with tunnels.  After discovering four ancient houses, work was abandoned until 1925 when another storm (common theme here!) damaged some of the buildings previously excavated. It is now owned and maintained by Historic Scotland.

    Neolithic village at Skaill Bay World Heritage site, Skara Brae neolithic village, Orkney

    People come from all over the world to visit the fascinating discovery, and among them  in May 2015  was Kathie and her partner Dinkar.  Little did she know at the time, but Dinkar was going to use the trip as an opportunity to propose. It was Skaill, the bay which hosts Skara Brae, where he decided  what better place to pop than question than where men and women had lived and loved over 5000  years ago.

    Kathie and Dinu met up with a friend while celebrating their new engagement who recommended Alison Moore Designs as a possible choice for engagement ring.  After visiting our shop, they settled on a Storybook ring saying, ‘The heart was in Alison’s, and she was also just lovely, so we went back there and couldn’t be happier’.

    They both spent time looking through Alison's gemstone collection and settled on a peachy/red coloured rose cut diamond to sit within a gold Storybook ring.  Dinkar also asked Alison to engrave a special message on the inside of the ring.

    Kathie's custom made rose cut diamond gold engagement ring Kathie's custom made rose cut diamond gold engagement ring

    They will be marrying in a few weeks’ time and putting Alison Moore Designs wedding rings on their fingers to complete romantic story.  We wish them all the very best in their life together and look forward to seeing them when they visit Orkney again.

    Orkney engagement ring couple Dinkar and Kathie

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