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  • 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!


  • 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.
  • 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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