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Designer Jewellery
Diamonds
Earrings
Gemstones of the world
Gift Ideas
History of AA Thornton
Jewellery Design
Lockets
Period Styles
Precious Metals
Rings
Skills of the trade
Timepieces
Valuations/Insurance

Emerald

Emerald - the Birthstone for May
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Diamonds for Enternity

Diamond Eternity Rings
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The Gemstone of the Sea

Aquamarine - the Birthstone for March
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The Jewel of Nobility

Amethyst - the Birthstone for February
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The Red Hyacinths of Antiquity

Garnet - the Birthstone for January
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A Fragment of Eternity

Diamond Carat and Confidence
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To Adorn You

Diamond Colour
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Birthmarks of Nature

Diamond Clarity
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A cut above the rest

Diamond Cut
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Diamonds are Forever

Introduction to Diamonds
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Pearls of Wisdom

Pearl - the Birthstone for June
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Gold

What is in your Gold Jewellery?
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Hallmarking

The oldest form of conumer protection
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The Leader of Precious Stones

Ruby - the Birthstone for July
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The Evening Emerald

Peridot - the Birthstone for August
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The Sapphire

Sapphire - the Birthstone for September
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The Kaleidoscope Stone

Opal - the Birthstone for October
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Topaz

Topaz and its resurgence in popularity
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Chamilia Beads

The exciting renaissance of designer beads
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Chamilia Bead Compatibility

Which designer beads will fit
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Turquoise

The Turkish Charm
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Christmas Gifts 2008

Gifts Ideas for Christmas
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Silver - The Metal Of The Moon

Silver was thought to be more precious than gold and it's been referred to as the metal of the moon
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100 Years in the Making

The Birth of a Bead to celebrate 100 years of AA Thornton
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Pearls

Pearls
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Platinum

Platinum, one of the rarest of precious metals
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Jewellery Design

Sally introduces a topic that is dear to her heart - Jewellery Design
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Troll beads

Sally writes about the family business from Denmark who make Troll beads
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Palladium - Athena’s Secret

Sally writes about a comparative newcomer to the jewellery world
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Valuations

Sally writes about the fascinating and often misunderstood subject of valuations.
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Christmas Gift Ideas 2009

Sally helps you with a few ideas and inspiration for Christmas shopping
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Amber - a gift from the gods

Amber is one stone that has quite literally, stood the test of time; many millions of years
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Jet

Black, forsooth; coal-black, as jet.
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Blue John - Britain's Native Gem

This article looks at, perhaps Britain’s famous native gem: Blue John.
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Heavenly Wings

Tiger, tiger burning bright, in the forests of the night . . .
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Great Wave

Sally returns to the topic of design and what influences and inspires designers
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Lockets

The word Locket is thought to be traced back to the arrival of the Normans
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Earrings

Earrings have been worn since pre historic times and have evolved dramatically
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The Power of Love

The origins of the engagement or betrothal ring
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Valentine’s Day

The middle of February is really known for one thing, Valentine's Day.
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Wedding Rings

The one very important ingredient to a special day
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Scottish Pebble Jewellery

An article on British gemstones - agates from Scotland
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Tourmaline

A lesser known, but equally beautiful, rainbow gemstone; tourmaline
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Chain

Chain in jewellery is perhaps something that we should pay much attention to.
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Marcasite

An article about the frequently misunderstood Marcasite Jewellery
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Tanzanite

The exceptional gemstone Tanzanite. Experts describe its uniqueness as being ‘one in a million’.
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Christenings

My earliest recollection of silver as a young child is my christening mug, napkin ring and spoon.
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Autumn Colours

Focusing on jewellery with the rich arrays of autumn colours
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Engraving

Personalising your jewellery; the art of Engraving
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Sentimental Jewellery

Uncovering Jewellery boxes full of sentimental stories and messages
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On the Cuff

Cufflinks are a unique form of self expression and sometimes a miniature work of art.
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Bring back the Brooch

Brooch is derived from the French broche meaning long needle and describes its original purpose.
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Finger Rings

In this article I reflect upon the finger ring from its humble beginnings to the present day
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Sentimental Jewellery

Focusing on sentimentality and in particular the late Georgian and Victorian period
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Something Old Something New

The theme of weddings drawing on a truly inspirational idea from one of the ladies in my team
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All Buttoned Up

About Irish goldsmith Elaine-Sarah Comerford who's designs came from her mother’s old button tin.
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History in the High Street

Those of you who have walked down Kettering High Street or even called in to see us will have noticed the extensive building work being carried out at 1/7.
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Mother's Day

One day of the year when we express our love - Mother’s Day.
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In love with the heart

Valentines Day is a time to take an affectionate look at that icon which we all immediately recognise; the heart.
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Think Pink

It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the only way we can introduce colours is by setting stones into our jewellery. The colour of gold not only has a beauty of its own, but this beauty has a range of colours and perhaps none more so that the colour of rose, red or pink gold.
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White Gold

It is often thought that gemstones are the jeweller’s palette, whilst metals create the basic structure. I'm going to look at white gold.
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Jewellery for the boys!

Over the last century or so Jewellery has often been thought as being predominantly female territory, but this has not always been the case
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Another Milestone

Our building refurbishment and a return to sanity!.
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Vintage Revival

All things Vintage and Antique, or perhaps more accurately, Vintage and Antique Jewellery.
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Carriage Clocks

The Carriage clock as we know it was developed in the early 19th century and it is said that one of the very first examples was made for Napoleon by Abraham-Louis Breguet
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A Return to Glamour

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel
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Christmas Gifts 2013

With the days becoming shorter and this year drawing to an end, it is time to reflect on what we have done and turn our thoughts to gifts for the festive season
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Aquamarine

Sally's 10 fascinating facts about Aquamarine
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Fascinating Facts about Diamonds

I spend a lot of my time talking to customers about diamonds, after all they are “a girl’s best friend”. As Diamonds are the birthstone for April, I am going to take this opportunity and try and squeeze some quick points on what Christies Guide to Jewellery described as “Perhaps nature’s most perfect creation”.
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Fascinating Facts about Glass

Up until comparatively recently, lead crystal glassware was to be found in many households and indeed was an essential part of most bride’s to be wedding lists. I know my father regularly sold these beautiful sets, but tastes have changed and many of the great names of British glass have one by one faded away.
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Things to know about pearls

We at AA Thornton all love Pearls and are in good company as they are very much in vogue. So with June’s birthstone being pearl, what better excuse for you to celebrate one of nature’s wonders.
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Creating that look

Creating that individual look with the jewellery you wear has never been so popular. Be it mixing and matching pieces from your own collection, adding charms or beads to a bracelet, or a unique insert into a pendant or locket, it is all about creating a look that makes you feel good.
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Things to know about Lockets

All jewellery is an expression of who we are. Last month I was looking at creating that individual unique look which often contains and even conceals a special message
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Pre-owned, pre-loved

This month I am going to look at the issue of pre owned, pre loved jewellery. In years gone by the concept of such jewellery was not always highly regarded, but today many people view this very differently.
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A guide to charms

Sally writes about one of the most enduring forms of jewellery which is as popular as ever. So what is the charm of Charms?
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Things to know about Amber

I do enjoy autumn especially if it isn’t raining too much. It’s the softer light that accentuates the wonderfully subtle colours, so what could be more autumnal than Amber
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Top 10 ideas for Christmas

Whether you are giving or receiving this season, here are some inspirational ideas to make that present extra special.
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Ten Essentials

Maybe it’s time to think about what is in your jewellery box to make sure you have the essentials. Here's are my top ten tips.
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With this ring . . .

Looking at weddings . . . here are some little snippets to help and inspire those of you who intend to tie the knot.
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Ten things to know about Dower and Hall

I think that Jewellery is very personal and emotional. Part of this is knowing where it has come from and who has designed it. In this article I am going to look at one of my favourites, Dower and Hall.
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Ten things to know about Luke Stockley

Luke's love of Vintage and Deco runs throughout his collections and as fashions tend to run a full circle, Luke’s intricate and fine designs will always create a stir.
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Ten things to know about Rachel Galley

Having interviewed Rachel for this article, it is clear to see how determined she was to work in the trade. She is totally driven and motivated about her craft and this is reflected in her work.
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Ten things to know about Emma-Kate Francis

British designer, Emma-Kate Francis may not as yet be familiar but you may recognize her work with Jersey Pearl.
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Pre owned jewellery

Collecting pre owned jewellery can be addictive. Things to know about pre owned and pre loved jewellery.
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Retro Revival Time - Henry

The Henry brand is modelled around the now very fashionable 1960s style wrist watches.
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Retro Revival Time

I am always on the look out for new designs and recently have seen more and more jewellery and watches that have a ‘retro’ feel.
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Countdown to Christmas

12 Gift Ideas for this Christmas
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Romancing the stone - Amethyst

Jewellery with coloured stones has been becoming more popular,so here I am taking a look at the birthstone for February: Amethyst
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Romancing the stone - Aquamarine

Of all the blue coloured gemstones my favourite is aquamarine, the birthstone for March. This sparkling watery blue stone as its name suggests means 'sea water' in Latin because most commonly it has a greeny blue colour in its natural state.
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Romancing the Stone - Diamond

Diamonds, as we all know, have an association with glamour; after all they are of course a girl’s best friend. They adorn style icons from Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Munroe, to Victoria Beckham and Anne Hathaway.
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Romancing the stone - Emerald

Emerald, means 'green gem' and, as its colour suggests, it represents the new growth of spring, but is also associated with both the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries.
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Romancing the stone - Pearl

With their simplicity, soft understated sheen and look of low-key luxury, all of which gives them the beauty to make pearls a favourite with jewellery designers old and new.
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Romancing the stone - 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.
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Romancing the stone - Peridot

The birthstone for August is the green gemstone peridot. This beautiful bright stone sets itself apart because of its vibrant unique green colour.
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The Hearts and Flowers of Jewellery

Jewellery is undoubtedly one of the most enduring ways of conveying an expression of love and as hearts and flowers have long been associated with this sentimentality they are a key feature in jewellery designs of both past and present.
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Inspiration of Birds, Butterflies & other Insects

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. Things to know about all things Butterflies, Birds and other Insects The inspiration of Birds, Butterflies and other Insects.
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Art Deco-dence

April is diamond month and what better way to celebrate this by looking at the bold simplistic stylization of the Art Deco period.
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Wearing Jewellery - The art of layering

Helping you to be creative using your current jewellery and perhaps mixing it with something new. What to put together and how to wear it this season.
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How to wear Jewellery - Earrings

Last month we looked at layering and continuing on the theme of how to wear our jewellery I am going to focus on earrings. It seems that there is plenty to choose from this season, from the classics to the weird and wonderful, it is all out there ready for us to wear.
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The face behind the name: Linda Macdonald

British Designers: looking at Linda Macdonald.
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The face behind the name: John Garland Taylor

British Designers: looking at John Garland-Taylor.
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The face behind the name: Collette Waudby

British Designers: looking at Collette Waudby.
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Inspired, designed and crafted for you

I often use the expression "putting on your design hat" and so it seems appropriate to finish this year's focus on British designers by showcasing some of our very own design work inspired by our customers.
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Gifts for the Boys

With Christmas looming I am focusing on the new designs that are launched for the festive season. I spend all year writing about ladies jewellery, so now for a change I am going to look at what the men would like and with this said, this year we have found a really nice mix of gifts.
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