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Sally's blog on a Red Kaleidoscope of gemstone jewellery AA Thornton Kettering

Colour Kaleidoscope – shades of Red

Red has an association with passion, warmth, devotion and cheerfulness which is possibly why it is one of the most frequently used colours in both antique and contemporary jewellery.  So this month’s colour kaleidoscope is the colour red. If we look at our gemstone family tree, there are lots of red stones out there...

Sally's Article on blue Gemstone Jewellery from AA Thornton Kettering Northampton

Colour Kaleidoscope – Shades of Blue

This month’s colour kaleidoscope takes a look at the blues!  With soft pale shades, vibrant turquoises and the watery sea blues from a whole range of gemstones, whose beautiful colours draw us towards the sunny days ahead. This month’s birthstone is Aquamarine so I have to start with this pretty aquamarine and diamond ring...

Sally's article on the Purple Gemstone Kaleidoscope from AA Thornton Kettering Northampton

Colour Kaleidoscope – Shades of Purple

February brings a glimmer a colour, with purple crocuses scattered across the lawn and the tiny violets hidden amongst the moss.  So I am going to start this year by looking at the kaleidoscope of colours available to jewellers and with that said what better way to celebrate this month by looking at the...

Sally Thornton blog on Inspired by Things that fly from Thorntons jewellers Kettering

Let Nature Inspire – Thing that fly

This month we take a look at other greatly loved motifs used in jewellery design. Every year jewellers create variations on natures theme and none more so than insects, birds and butterflies that continue to inspire artists past and present. Butterflies were by far the most popular insect; they were featured on tiny pins...

Sally Thornton Jewellery Blog on Opal from Thorntons Jewellers Kettering

Romancing the stone – Opal

There is one gemstone that produces the most wonderful optical effects and is without doubt a miracle of nature.   Prized for its play of iridescent colours which change like a kaleidoscope when the stone moves it is Opal, the birthstone for October   The ancient Latin name for opal was ‘Opalus’ derived from the...

Sally Thornton Jewellery blog on Sapphires from Thorntons Jewellers Kettering Northampton

Romancing the stone – Sapphire

As I write this month’s article it seems fitting that I have a beautiful panoramic sky above which is reminiscent of the all the sparkling colours of sapphire, the birthstone for September. In the past sapphires were known as the gems of the soul as they represented purity and mirrored the blue of heaven....

Sally Thornton Jewellery Blog on Ruby from Thorntons Jewellers Kettering Northampton

Romancing the stone – Ruby

The birthstone for July is the glorious red gemstone, ruby.   With its rich red colour ruby has always been associated with, passion, warmth, red hearts and valentines. As well as being July’s birthstone we also use ruby to celebrate both the 40th and 15th wedding anniversaries.     With its hardness and bright lustre...

Emerald Jewellery from Sally Thorntons Jewellery blog at Thornton Jewellers Kettering

Romancing the stone – Emerald

A few years ago I visited an exhibition called the Cheapside Hoard.  One particular exhibit, a 350 year old watch, stood out amongst all the others. Set into a carved Colombian emerald and cut from an emerald prism it had been discovered along with other treasure hidden under some floorboards by workmen centuries later! ...

Amethyst on Sally Thornton Jewellery blog from Thorntons Jewellers Kettering Northampton

Romancing the stone – Amethyst

I can remember as a little girl I was fascinated by an Amethyst however it was not a piece of jewellery but as an amethyst crystal that captured my attention.   In those days my father was still running our original shop in Market Street where he used a variety of crystals as displays and...

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