Back to School!

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The final throws of summer holidays are upon us but back to school needn’t mean doom and gloom! Coleman Douglas Pearls are trying desperately hard to not get carried away buying all the fabulous stationary in the shops . . . . We will have to settle for our colourful pearls instead of pens!

pearl alice band back to school blogA new school year was the perfect chance for a new look when we were young, but why should the kids have all the fun?! The Autumn/Winter 16 trends were so varied there was the perfect look for everyone. Firstly, ‘alice bands’ are no longer for just your daughters! Embrace the easy elegance like Kate and the rest of the ‘fashion’ pack and banish those pesky kirby grips to the bathroom cabinet and wear our pearl tiara instead of a boring black number.

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vogue autumn trends waterproofNext to be dug out of the wardrobe and reinvented is the waterproof jacket. Catwalks rarely combine fashion with comfort and practicality so make the most of this sporty trend this winter! Either dig out your “retro” waterproof (remember the one you bought years ago for it to be banished under the stairs…) or invest in a brightly coloured new one to chase away the grey. Here’s to looking forward to a winter downpour that doesn’t end in your umbrella turning inside out!

And if all else fails back to school means that you no longer have to think up increasingly more difficult ways to entertain the children. With all your time back you may be looking for some me time so pop on down to our pearl jewellery store! We have put the coffee machine ON in anticipation . . . .

 

 

Notting Hill Carnival

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Can someone please tell our Pearl Team where the year has gone?! With the end of summer spectacular that is the Notting Hill Carnival already upon us it is only a matter of time before we are plagued with jingling of bells and the murmurs of *cough* Christmas *cough*. But enough of that for now and back to the summer spirit!

Pearl Family 4Held in August every year the Notting Hill Carnival is renowned as Europe’s biggest street party and originated in 1964 as a way for Afro-Caribbean communities to celebrate their own cultures and traditions. Livening up the August Bank Holiday weekend in the streets of London W11, the Carnival is an amazing array of colourful sights and sounds as well as the most amazing feeling of inclusion and social solidarity.

carnival blogchristmas Pearl & Leather Braceletswomen-pearl-dress-notting-hill-carnival-20875296The carnivals roots itself in early 19th century Caribbean culture where it was a particularly strong tradition especially in Trinidad. These carnivals were all about celebrating the abolition of slavery and the slave trade. The very first carnival in Notting Hill was an attempt to showcase the steel band musicians who played in the Earls Court of London every Weekend. When the bands paraded through the streets of Notting Hill, they drew black residents out on to the streets, reminding them of the Caribbean homes they had left behind.

Con dia NEThe most spectacular aspect of the carnival, however, has to be the incredible outfits! The riot of colour, sequins and more often than not pearls that adorn the gorgeous women is truly a sight to behold. Make everyday your carnival by donning your pearls and sequins and lap up the last of the summer sun. Our Pearl jewellery store is open Monday – Saturday from 11am-7pm and we also offer a bespoke design service. Please phone 0207 373 3369 to book an appointment with our pearl designer Chrissie Douglas.

Perfect Peridot

PeridotThis month’s birthstone is the peridot! Coleman Douglas Pearls believe that it is perfect stone for August with its green-yellowy colour just screaming summer. The name peridot has two possible origins either from the Arabic “Faridat” meaning gem or from the Anglo-Norman “pedoretes” meaning “a kind of opal”. Peridot is found in volcanic rocks as it is gem quality olivine with the most valuable hue being a dark olive green.

Peridot (2)Peridot is usually associated with light with the ancient Egyptians referring to its as the “gem of the sun” and has also been use as protection for nightmares. These nightmares are most likely from the island where the Egyptians were mining as legend has it that it was snake infested! Peridot’s have historically been confused with many different gems commonly topaz and emerald. It is possible that Cleopatra’s famed emerald collection could have actually been peridot. The 200ct gems in the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in Cologne Cathedral were believed to be emeralds for centuries until it was discovered they were actually peridots.

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Peridots have a hardness of 6.5-7 on the Moh’s scale of hardness meaning that although they are by no means the hardest of gemstones it is durable enough for jewellery and the perfect partner for pearls! We have a good selection of peridot jewellery in our pearl jewellery store as well as our “Fruits of the Forest” range online.

Our pearl team can also create the perfect peridot creation for you with our bespoke design service. Either we can re-work a piece of your old jewellery or can try and bring your imagined design to life. We are open Monday to Saturday from 11am-7pm.

Rio Olympics 2016

rio 2016The Olympics have arrived!! Four years after London hosted the 2012 (cough “best” cough) games, all of us here at Coleman Douglas Pearls can’t believe its four years later and are ready for the Rio party! After watching the amazing opening ceremony we couldn’t help but keep our eyes peeled to see a few of the athletes rocking their pearls!

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Hopefully emulating some of their 2012 success are GB heptathlete Jessica Ennis Hill (who chose pearls for her wedding day) and USA swimmer Missy Franklin who is rarely seen without her pearl studs – even when in the pool! And with Brazil being the birthplace of many a top model (especially Gisele strutting her stuff at the opening ceremony!)  it is likely Rio will be one of the most fashionable Olympics ever! We will have our fingers crossed that pearls will be winning gold more than once!

Beach East 3If your looking for a sociable way to enjoy the Olympics why not try BeachEast at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The largest urban beach in the UK is returning with a Copacabana feel! As one of TeamGB’s official fan zones they will be broadcasting live coverage of the games and offering you a chance to take part in some of the sports that the athletes are competing in.

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The party atmosphere also got us thinking – what pearls would you wear to the Brazilian fiesta? This south sea and tourmaline necklace has to be worth considering, with its bright colours and happy pearl drop you can’t go wrong wearing this to samba the night away.

Summer Holiday’s

The summer is here which can mean only one thing – HOLIDAY’S!! Relaxing under the hot sun with the sea gently lapping in the background and a cold cocktail in hand, is there anything better?! How about lying on your lounger draped in pearls? Sounding better? Well you have come to the right place at Coleman Douglas Pearls we can help you find your perfect holiday look.

beach babeLook number 1: The Beach Babe. Never happier than when she is by the water this girl needs pearls that take her from sunrise-sunset effortlessly. Our Amber and Pearl Lasso is a multi look must have! Its versatility allows for many different outfit options. Going somewhere where a more dramatic look is needed try our 4 strand biwa pearl choker and we guarantee all eyes will be on you at the post beach party! If your looking for a simpler option this tahitian pearl and amber necklace is the one for you. Exuding boho beach style this simple necklace will easily take you from beach to bar.

city girlLook Number 2: The City Explorer. The ultimate culture vulture, the city explorer loves to learn. Whether or not she is taking in ancient architecture, art or just immersing herself into local culture she needs a look that reflects the stylish places she visits. When packing for a city break neutral versatile wardrobe options are best to mix and match together creating many looks from just a few items. Add a splash of colour to your outfit with our South Sea pearl and tourmaline necklace, perfect to brighten up any day! For everyday luxury nothing can beat our Tahitian double pearl earrings – the perfect compliment to every outfit. Again multi wear pieces are key to packing light to fit everything into your carry on! Enter our simple triple strand lariat which you can wear not only in multiple ways as a pearl necklace, but also as a scarf, belt – the list goes on, truly a girls best friend!

adrenaline girlLook Number 3: The Adrenaline Junkie. Can never sit still and is always on the go the adrenaline junkie loves an adventure. From hiking and biking holidays to surfing or kayaking this girl needs pearls that can keep up! Enter our simple yet beautiful pieces that can keep going for as long as you can. First up is our Tahitian warrior pearl bracelet, perfect to toughen up any outfit. Then we have the trusty basics our freshwater pearl studs have been put to the test and truly are the perfect everyday adventure earring! Lastly but by no means least comes our Freshwater pearl drop necklace this simple stunner is the perfect addition to any outfit.

If you need anymore help for your summer essentials pop into our London pearl jewellery store where we will be more than happy to help find the perfect piece for you!

Happy Packing!

 

Golden Summertime

South Sea Golden Pearl Strands2Golden south sea pearls are set to be a big hit this summer at Coleman Douglas Pearls! With their range of summery yellow and golden hues these pearl collections will be with you every step of this exciting summer. These pearls just exude a flame-like warmth perfect as this summer marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London! In honour of this the Museum of London are putting on an exhibition of rarely seen artifacts, as well as an impressive hands on area where people can see what London was like before, during and after the fire.

curesd-childIf your pearls aren’t bringing enough magic into your life then this summer (which we doubt will be the case!) JK Rowling has the answer – her eighth installment of the Harry Potter Franchise! Set 19 years after Harry and Co were students at Hogwarts this new play will incorporate all your old favourite characters alongside some new ones. If you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets to the West End show a book of the play is going to be released at the end of July. . . .

olympic slideAnd if all this nostalgia is making you feel like a child again then fear not – the Belgian artist Carsten Holler has just the activity for you. Kicking off the Olympic 2016 excitement is a brand new installation at the 2012 Olympic Park. The infamous Olympic sculpture (The Helter Skelter) has been converted into the worlds longest and tallest slide – the perfect activity for children of all ages!

cogdiaOur Pearl team still think the best way to make your summer golden is with pearls so pop in to our London pearl jewellery showroom to find the perfect coloured pearl for you. We are also crossing our fingers for all the athletes heading to Rio that their summer will also be golden.

Ruby Ruby Ruby

ruby engagement ringsIts July, the sun is shining and we are ready for summer here at Coleman Douglas Pearls! Not only does July bring the hope of a glorious summer it also brings us a new birthstone – The Ruby. It is said that ruby was attributed to the month of July as its fiery red colour epitomises the fiery heat of the sun . . . Even if our British weather isn’t quite up to this standard there are other reasons to love rubies! The deep red can evoke feelings of passion and love and was regarded by ancient Hindus as the king of gems.

SatelliteRuby is the popular name given to red corundum, with all other varieties of corundum being referred to as . . . Sapphires! So rubies are technically a red sapphire with their most important attribute being intensity of colour. After colour then the stones clarity is considered. Rubies have a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale which ranges from 1-10 with diamond being the hardest at 10. This makes rubies an excellent stone for everyday rings and are a popular engagement ring choice.

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elizabeth taylor rubyThe most expensive ruby ever to sell at auction is the Sunrise Ruby which sold for $30million in May 2015 to a Swiss buyer. It is a 25.59-carat, cushion-cut, untreated “pigeon blood” red Burmese ruby, which is set into a Cartier ring and flanked by white diamonds. This meant that the buyer was paying over $1million a carat! Several ruby set pieces from Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery collection also sold well at auction in 2011 including a ring set with an 8.24 ct ruby that broke the ‘price-per-carat’ record for rubies ($512,925 per carat, i.e. over $4.2 million in total) at the time, and a necklace that sold for over $3.7 million.elizabeth taylor necklace

Although we are pearl specialists, we do also have an expanding line of gemstone jewellery at our pearl jewellery store on Beauchamp Place, London. Be sure to pop by and pick up some summer heat to wear all year round!

Festival Fever!

Hotair balloonThe summer festival season is in full swing and we have festival fever here at Coleman Douglas Pearls! Although Glastonbury has been and gone in all its muddy musical glory, there are still plenty more festivals for you to enjoy this summer! Whether you are a music lover and have bagged tickets to Reading/Leeds Festival, Bestival or Love box in London, or if enjoy a quieter pace of life with the Edinburgh literary festival and the BBC Good Food Festival at Hampton Court there is a festival for you this summer.

alexa chung elle pearl festivalAnd of course pearls will be your best friend throughout these events as shown in the past by Alexa Chung and Rita Ora. Our pearl friendship bracelet is the perfect accessory to go with your festival look – either worn by itself or stacked in complimentary colours for more impact. Also fitting in with the boho vibe is our freshwater pearl lariat in nude – the perfect pairing with your floaty blouse and denim shorts! Or channel your inner rock chick with this amazing statement cuff.

ea1785 main image largeIf you are attending one of the less muddy festivals this year then its the perfect time to bust out your best summer pearls. Candy colours are everywhere at the moment so what could be better than our Eye Candy range?! The pale pink and white pearls perfectly complement the bright flashes of colour – the perfect addition to any summer outfit.

We also offer a bespoke design service if you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, as well as an ear piercing service. Pop by Monday -Saturday between 11am-7pm in our pearl jewellery store in London for your own personal consultation.

Madame Butterfly

470Who can believe its July already?! The longest day has been and gone and we can’t wait for a scorcher of a summer to hit Coleman Douglas Pearls. And what could be better than attending one of the fabulous operas on this season? Attending in specifically designed pearl jewellery by Coleman Douglas Pearls of course!

madame butterflyMadame Butterfly by Puccini is one of the most famous stories of  unrequited love and the English National Opera’s version is sure to not disappoint. Running from the 24th June to 7th July at the London Coliseum, this is the perfect way to relax on a summer evening. Set in 1904, Nagasaki, Japan, Madame Butterfly elegantly weaves a love story between Ciocio-san (cio-cio, pronounced “chocho”, the Japanese word for “butterfly”) and a US naval officer named Pinkerton. The ensuing three acts takes the audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions- all set to exquisite music.

ea1646black main image large“But what to wear?!” I hear you lovely ladies cry! Have no fear – Coleman Douglas Pearls are here for you! Our Madame Butterfly collection is not only perfect for an evening at the opera, these designs will see you through the summer and beyond. Incorporating a lot of gemstones, especially amethyst and prasiolite, with a mixture of peacock black freshwater pearls and pink freshwater pearls – this collection is sure to evoke an ambiance of the orient in your life.

468Find us at 42 Beauchamp Place, London where you can either escape the heat with some of our nice cold flavored water, or if it is one of our typical British torrential rain sort of summer days a delicious cup of tea/coffee! We are open from 11am-7pm Monday – Saturday and would be delighted to help you find your “Opera” look.

Wedding Season

Valentines 4Our team at Coleman Douglas Pearls have decided that wedding season is well and truly here! Whether its been gentleman searching for engagement rings, Brides-to-be looking for bridesmaids gifts, wedding party members looking for accessories or even the very romantic gentlemen searching for a special gift for their fiance to open on the day, we have had it all! Pearls are definitely proving popular as the must have accessory for the Big Day.

1718 HIGH RESPearls are the perfect choice for a wedding as the subtle glow of the pearls gently compliments your skin while lightening up your smile, making sure you look your best for the Main Event! This means that whether you are holding an achingly modern city reception, gorgeous countryside retreat, exotic holiday location or even a fun theme … pearls are the perfect bridal accessory. Earrings have been highly in demand, ranging from our classic freshwater pearl studs to our higher end Akoya and South Sea earrings we have a range to suit everyone.

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Queen and Prince 3Our pearl necklaces won’t be outdone though! From simple pendant drops to more statement pieces, if you bring a picture of your dress we can find the perfect match for your outfits neckline. Pearls have many different hues and we aim to find the best colour to suit your skin tone and colouring. You don’t even need the lady in question present, just bring a good clear photo and we can work our magic. We also offer a similar pearl matching service, if you bring in an item of pearl jewellery that you already own we (a family necklace for example) we will find you its perfect colour match if you were looking to get matching earrings and vice versa!

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wedding blog menAnd Gentlemen do not fear – we can cater to your big day needs as well! With a range of cufflinks and tie pins there is no need to feel left out of the fun. Our pearl jewellery shop is located at 42 Beauchamp place, London. So be sure to pop by – there may even be a cold glass of champagne waiting to toast the happy couple . . .