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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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 . . . .

 

 

Aquamarine – The feel good stone

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What better way to celebrate that Spring is here than checking out the gorgeous blues of aquamarine, a firm favorite of one of our Pearl Team here at Coleman Douglas Pearls.

Aquamarine is the birthstone of March and is said to bring the wearer good feelings and lasting relationships. It is the blue member of the Beryl family that also includes Emerald which is the green variety.

NE1753 lowThe name aquamarine comes from the Latin “aqua marina” meaning water of the sea. Aquamarines’ blue colour comes from iron impurities within a colourless beryl crystal (goshenite).  Unlike their emerald counterparts, aquamarines are often totally free from impurities and have excellent transparency and clarity. In maritime legend, aquamarine was said to have come from mermaid treasure chests and is therefore considered a lucky stone for sailors. In ancient times sailors were given aquamarines to ensure a safe passage on their voyages and also to ward off sea-sickness.

Aquamarines are one of the Queens favorite stones and she is especially fond of her  Brazilian Aquamarine Parure Tiara. The set was a gift from the Brazilian prime minister on behalf of his country upon the Queen’s coronation in 1953. It is rumored to have taken over a year to match the exquisitely coloured stones and upon seeing how much the Queen enjoyed them the government continued to source matching stones. In 1958 the Brazilian government had collected enough to present the Queen with a second gift of a large brooch and bracelet to add to her set which she still wears today.

RING treat tuesdayWe have numerous designs here at our Beauchamp Place London showroom incorporating aquamarine and pearls. If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, do not hesitate to contact us, so that we may create your own bespoke design. We also offer other services such as ear piercing and personal shopping to help you find the perfect gift.