WHAT IS YOUR COLOUR ?

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COLOUR is both very objective and subjective. Many of us know what colours we suit, but do you know what colours will really give you the va va VOOOM effect, easy choose the pearl colour that best suits your skin tone,  consider if you tan well or not and bear in mind the colour of your eyes.

Bluish-grey pearls will generally suit someone with blue eyes, while a peacock green Tahitian pearl will suit someone with green eyes. Warm cream to gold pearls will suit a complexion that tans easily. Another factor that affects the overall harmony of the face is your lip colour without make up. Hair colour should also be taken into consideration when selecting pearls.

A VERY rough guideline of pearl colours that suit different skin tones is set out below:

Olive toned skin – golden pearls

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Dark skin – white or warm cream pearls

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Pinkish rosy complexion – rose to cream pearls

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Pale skin – rose to white pearls

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The best cultured and natural pearls have overtones; this effect makes the pearl very attractive and interesting to the eye of the beholder. Warm cream overtones can bring a softness to the final effect, Bright Pink overtones suit people with Blue or Green eyes. Pearls with peacock overtones can be worn with clothes of any colour, as the pearls themselves will echo any tone. The best way to ascertain which colour is the most appropriate is to try on various tonalities within the colour that you are looking to choose from. For example there are four main tonalities within white pearls. Intrigued? Book a consultation with our pearl specialists at 42 Beauchamp Place, London SW3 1NX to ascertain the best colour and tone for you.

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.

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.

The Weekend…a Jane Austen extravaganza!

Emma 1Stop what you’re doing and start packing the picnic! The sun is out, the Bank Holiday Weekend is underway, and on Monday the theatre company ‘Foot in the Door’ will be performing a number of scenes from the well known and loved novel ‘Emma’. Oh and you might chance upon a few Coleman Douglas Pearl jewels being worn by the leading lady!
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As many Austen enthusiasts will know already, it is the 200th anniversary of the publication of ‘Emma’.
So what would be more fitting then watching the novel come to life in the Jane Austen Museum Gardens, the very same gardens where the play was originally first imagined.  For more information on the performance click here.

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Fancy owning one of our Ribbon and Freshwater Pearl spacers like the one Emma is wearing above?

Call into our Pearl Showroom, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX, where we have a wide variety of ribbon colours to choose from.

Pearls were extremely popular during the Georgian Period. Their popularity might be due to the fact that they symbolise purity, wisdom, beauty and wealth, 4 very important qualities for a single girl to portray at the time.
Below we have selected 2 popular classic designs that have been spotted in several Jane Austen productions.

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A single strand pearl necklace was extremely popular, as it drew attention to the wearer’s long neck.
Throughout the BBC adaptation of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ you can see Jane Bennett and Charlotte Lucas wearing their pearl necklaces to the local Balls.
Our Pearl Company have a diverse range of classic pearl strand necklaces to choose from, from a classic Akoya pearl necklace to an edgy Tahitian pearl necklace.

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The Pearl Earrings:
Pearl drop earrings were ideal for this time in history due to the fixed ringlet hairstyles, and the fact that they exuded femininity.
In the BBC adaptation of ‘Emma’ you can see Emma wearing delicate pearl drop earrings in nearly every scene.

However you decide to fill your Bank Holiday Weekend we wish you a very happy 3 day rest.