Valentine’s Day Pearls

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we at Coleman Douglas Pearls will start popping open the champagne at our studio in Beauchamp Place. Here is a selection of our favourite Valentine’s Day appropriate pearls. We also have a section dedicated to Anniversary Gifts so please do have a browse and …see you soon !

 

 

 

 

Types of Pearls

cultured_grid_largeHere at Coleman Douglas Pearls we understand that there is a lot of mystery behind pearls and how they are formed into beautiful pieces of jewellery, but there doesn’t need to be. It’s quite simple really.

As you probably know, they are created by oysters and mussels. Oysters tend to only produce one pearl in its lifetime whereas mussels can create up to 120 pearls. Pearls are a result from the protective reaction of an oyster or mussel to accidental or deliberate introduction of a foreign body into its organism. This reaction creates concentric layers of nacre (mother of pearl) which are deposited on the foreign body covering it completely.

No two pearls are the same. They usually have some form of irregularity which all adds to the natural aspect of this lustrous gem.

There are four main types of pearls that we sell here at Coleman Douglas Pearls, there are South Sea, Tahitian and Akoya pearls which are formed in oysters and there are mussels formed freshwater pearls.

south_sea_white_gold_pearls_compactSouth Sea Pearls– tend to be 9-14mm in size and are produced in Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines. They vary in shades of white and gold.tahitian_pearls_compact

Tahitian Pearls are similar in size to the South Sea pearls but come in a variety of colours from white to deep black through aubergine and blue, all shades have a grey over tone. Tahitian pearls are mainly produced in Tahiti (surprise) French Polynesia and Mexico although some can be found in Autralia.

Akoya pearls  were first cultivated in Japan, their size varies from 3-10mm in size and in colour they range from pink through to white, gold and grey.akoya_medium

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Freshwater pearls are  produced mainly in China and are the easiest to access type of pearl but beautiful none the less. Some of these pearls can be called Biwa pearls which this is a generic name as the most famous freshwater pearls originated in Lake Biwa in Japan.

For a more in depth over view of pearls have a read through here. Or come along to one of our pearl talks, more dates coming soon.

The Diamond Edit

neakdi_main_image_largeDiamonds and pearls have to be two of the most beautiful and recognizable gemstones. Here at Coleman Douglas Pearls we can’t get enough of them. Here is a blog post dedicated to the beautiful pairing.

For 1,000 years, starting in roughly the 4th century BC, India was the only source of diamonds. In 1725, important sources were discovered in Brazil, and in the 1870s major finds in South Africa marked a dramatic increase in the diamond supply. The stone’s name is derived from the Greek word adamas, which translates to “unconquerable”.

In ancient Rome, pearls were considered the ultimate symbol of wealth and social standing. The Greeks held the pearl in high esteem for both its unrivaled beauty and its association with love and marriage. Because pearls were (and are) so highly regarded, a number of European countries actually passed laws forbidding anyone but nobility to wear them, a bit like in the 18th century and beforehand when only royalty were seen with diamond engagement rings. ri1575_main_image_large_large

Putting these two gemstones together make for the absolute perfect engagement ring or gift for your loved one. They both represent eternal love and strength. As we adore pearls here at Coleman Douglas, we’ve got the most beautiful collections to show you. If you’ve got an idea in mind as to what you’re looking for (and you have some pearls in a locked drawer somewhere), bring them in and we’ll transform them into your perfect piece of jewellery.

Mix and Match

One of the best things about pearls is their ability to go with anything. You can wear them with jeans, you can wear pearls with your black tie dress, even men can wear them. Get Pierce Brosnan wearing a solo Tahitian pearl on a leather cord or Johnny Depp in a Tahitian pearl stud earring any day.ne1632_main_image_large_large

Pearls with other gemstones is what gets us extra excited here at Coleman Douglas Pearls. For example; Sapphires and Tahitian pearls are the true meaning of match made in heaven. Aquamarine and white freshwater Pearls are the perfect twosome for a beautiful bride adding that ‘something blue’ element to the mix.

Other favourites are gems such as the rainbow of colours that Tourmaline brings, Prehenite, Black Diamonds, Rose Quartz, Peridot, Citrine and Amethyst, the list could go on and on. Whatever you feel like mixing and matching, our designer extraordinaire Chrissie Douglas will create it for you. Make sure you pop down to our studio to pick and choose your favourite gemstones.

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

Coleman Douglas Pearls is in a state of festive fun and cheer with only one week left until the big day! We understand that you will all be running around finalizing the last minute details but hope you manage to squeeze one last visit to us in before the new year! With pearls, champagne, truffles and coffee we are here to help with any last minute forgotten gifts or for those still searching for that one perfect special gift and this quick gift guide can give you a helping hand!

Gifts under £150:

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Gifts between £150 – £250:

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Gifts between £250-£500:

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Gifts between £500-£1000:

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Gifts between £1000-£1500:

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Gifts over £1500:

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Pop into our Beacuchamp Place, London store in the next week and our pearl team will happily help you source the perfect gift and wrap it for you in our luxury Christmas gift wrap!

Tanzanite and Turquoise

Saphire neDecember – the final month of the year and the last to find out about their two birthstones, Tanzanite and Turquoise. Coleman Douglas Pearls believes that these two stones perfectly represent the  month with their wintery and icy blue hues. And you all know what colour is blue’s best friend – White! Making our pearls the perfect companion to these stones. Book today for a bespoke design consultation to create the pearl jewellery of your dreams coupled with either of these fabulous stones.

tanzaniteTanzanite and Turquoise though both blue vary a lot in terms of shade and type of stone. Tanzanite is a relatively new stone discovery – only being found and marketed in the late 60’s. It has an intense blue – purple hue and is transparent. It is a variety of zoisite and was named after the country were it was discovered, Tanzania. It has grown quickly in popularity and is now marketed on the same level as sapphires, rubies and emeralds.

turquoiseTurquoise on the other-hand has been around for thousands of years in jewellery especially in Egyptian and Aztec cultures. The name turquoise is thought to have come from the french word “turques” for “Turks” because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey or Persia as it was then known. Native Americans believed that if they wore the stone on their bow arm it would improve their accuracy. Unlike Tanzanite turquoise is opaque and a pale blue in comparison.

Winter Jan 09 6Whichever one turns out to be your favourite, whether December is your birth month or not – our pearl team is here to help you find the piece for you! The great thing about these stones are that whether you go for freshwater, akoya or south sea pearls – all will compliment them! We hope that you will wear your new pearl jewellery through these cold winter months, into summer and beyond!

 

 

The Monroe effect!

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When you think of Marilyn Monroe most people instantly think of her singing ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ to JFK. But as it is The Pearl Month we have slightly adapted the words…

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Mr Pearlfect, Happy Birthday to you!

Continuing our ‘Pearl Family‘ walk, we will be focusing our attention on Akoya Pearls.
Marilyn Monroe was given an Akoya Pearl Necklace from Arthur Miller on their wedding day, and continued to wear it long after the divorce.

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Akoya Pearls originate in oysters farmed in Japan. They are created when a technician implants a spherical resin or mother of pearl bead into the pearl bearing oyster alongside an epithelial cell graft that has come from the mantle tissue of a donor oyster. The graft forms a pearl sac around the bead implant which is then slowly covered in layer upon layer of nacre, eventually forming a pearl.

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True or False…Akoya pearls are born in pale blue/grey colours?
TRUE, although these colours are rarely found for sale in the market.

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True or False…Akoya pearls take 1.5 to 3 years to be made?
TRUE. Originally experts recommended that the bead/irritant should be left in the host oyster for three years. At present the accepted time is 1 ½ years, which results in a good 0.5mm nacre coating.

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Dream of owning an Akoya Pearl necklace, bracelet, or earrings? Then again how about a set?!

Call into our London Pearl Showroom, where our Pearl Company will help you select irresistible Akoya pearls to suit, with pink, white or golden hues.