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!

Award winning pearls

47b-webOur designer Chrissie Douglas has won numerous design awards since starting her career, especially in her Tahitian pearl designs. Chrissie’s aim has always been to offer an investment in style and value by utilising her expert pearl knowledge coupled with an excellent network of suppliers. Her innovative and fresh use of pearls with semi-precious stones and other more unusual materials like leather, silk gauze, wood and felt have produced unique designs.

Titania warrior pic2Out of all the ranges that Chrissie has designed our favourite for the winter has to be the Warrior pearl collection. This collection never goes out of fashion as it is so edgy it enables the wearer to go full on Rock Chick or just to slightly toughen up an otherwise girly outfit. Mainly made from knotted leather and Tahitian pearls this range sure knows how to make an impact. Wear the Tahitian Warrior armband and earrings with your most feminine outfit this Christmas party season and you will be guaranteed to wow your friends.

cog dia ss ne + macaroonOur fine jewellery range is also perfect for all the glitz and glam of this time of year. Enhance your natural sparkle with our cognac diamond and south sea necklace – a great transitional piece through the seasons picking up on the golds of Christmas but also delicate enough to wear in the spring and summer. Other great investment pieces include our Tahitian pearl, diamond and rainbow moonstone pendant and matching earrings. The moonstone has a gorgeous adularescence effect where the light travels across the gem changing its colour from apparently colourless to gorgeous blues.

590.Paul ViantFor other final flourishes to your party outfit please bring a photo of you wearing the outfit along to our showrooms where our pearl team can then source the perfect finishing item. Whether you choose to go for an amazing statement necklace or a classic pair of earrings, here at Coleman Douglas Pearls we’ll have the piece for you!

Bespoke pearl jewellery

Tah prl EA and stonesPearls are stunning in their own right and here at Coleman Douglas Pearls we believe the addition of coloured gemstones can also really lift a piece and give a new take on pearl jewellery. Our bespoke service is the perfect way to design a totally new piece for yourself or to give an old piece a new lease of life.

topazTopaz is one of the birthstones for November and is most commonly thought of as being blue in colour. Although natural blue topaz does exist in nature, it is rare and most of the blue topaz that you see has actually been irradiated to get its hue. Topaz is colourless but also comes in shades of brown, yellow, orange and pink depending on impurity elements or structural defects within the crystal structure. The name topaz is thought to have two different origins; the first coming from the word “Topazios”, an old Greek name for the island now called Zabargad, and although the island never produced topaz, it did produce similar coloured minerals. People just didn’t have the resources to differentiate the two. The second origin could be from the ancient Sanskrit language from the word topas or tapaz, meaning “fire.”

citrine happy + roseCitrine is the second birthstone for November and is already incorporated into a lot of our pearl designs. Citrine is the yellow variety of quartz and ranges in shade from pale yellow to deep orange resulting from the amount of iron in the crystal structure. The name is derived from the Latin “citrina” meaning yellow and it is thought this is the origin for the french word “citron” meaning lemon. Citrine’s have been confused with Topaz for centuries due to their similar colours and lack of obvious inclusions. Most citrine on the market is actually heat treated amethyst, although it does occur naturally.

We want to pass on our love for gemstones and pearls in jewellery and would love for you to book a design consultation with us at our pearl jewellery store in London. We are open Monday – Saturday from 11am – 7pm.

Halloween!!

pearl + seed pearl ne +flowerColeman Douglas Pearls adores halloween! Not only is there chocolate and sweeties aplenty (we currently have Prestat chocolate truffles in store for all our lovely customers) but our dark coloured pearls really put us in a playful spooky mood. None more so than our amazing Night Shadow collection. This collection is inspired by the striking quality of light in darkness. It contrasts the sensuous feel of pearls with their casual opulence in shades of peacock black.

BR284 BlackThese pearls get their colour after a pink pearl is treated with silver nitrate changing the colour to this gloriously dark hue. This collection is bang on trend with lots of the catwalks being dominated with dark velvety coloured hues which complement the pearls perfectly. From simple single strands to more statement pieces we have the item for you!

Also getting in on the dark theme are our stunning tahitian pearls! These are perfect for those of you looking to upgrade to a luxury spooky event this time next week. Think Morticia Addams as your fancy dress inspiration, dark, sexy and the most glamorous woman in the room. Either layer up your tahitian row necklaces or keep it simple with a pendant – you will have every woman in the room wishing they had made more of an effort that a pointy hat or devil horns!

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Whichever pearls you decide to wear please send us a photo of you looking glam on social media – follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

 

 

Water for hot chocolate

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In the Autumn we, Coleman Douglas Pearls, will be launching our latest collection “Water For Hot Chocolate”, pairing gorgeous copper brown pearls with smoky quartz and citrine, making the designs so enticing you’re bound to have chocolate cravings!
So with that in mind our pearl team have decided to fully embrace the cravings and are going to talk about all things chocolate!

Chocolate_Olympia_Other_0Being three dedicated chocoholics we could think of nothing better than attending The Chocolate Show in October. Running from 16th -18th October at London Olympia get ready to loosen those waist belts and delve into the wonderful world of chocolate with famous chefs, free tasters and a fabulous chocolate fashion show!

prestat hot chocolateIf you can’t wait until October to get your chocolate fix we recommend a good dose of copper pearls and a trip to ‘Chocolatiers to the Queen’ – Prestat. Not only does Prestat produce the most INCREDIBLE truffles in all sorts of fun flavours they also do an incredibly indulgent hot chocolate range! Keep your eyes peeled for our next news update which will surely tempt you chocoholics this upcoming season . . . . .

Whilst the remainder of the summer sun lasts we will try and resist temptation and stick to the fruit at our Pearl Jewellery store. However, as soon as the leaves start to turn and the jumpers go back on we know our faithful friend will be there waiting for us!

BBC Prom in the Park

bbc promsThe end of summer is officially coming to a close. School is about to start, the nights are definitely shorter. But fear not your summer pearls can have one last hurrah as next week is the last night of the proms – the prefect excuse to wear your Coleman Douglas Pearls necklace to see summer off with a bang!

DSC_8631eeThe BBC Proms are an eight week annual event running throughout the summer season with a classical music concert put on every day mainly in the stunning Royal Albert Hall but also a few chamber concerts at Cadogan Hall and outside events in parks across the UK. The proms were founded in 1895 and is short for Promenade Concert referring to the outdoor concerts in London’s pleasure gardens where people could walk around whilst the orchestra was playing!

IMG_8330aaeThese days its a hard fought battle to get your pearls to the prom! Either you are lucky enough to get seated tickets or have season tickets but if your feeling energetic you can also stand. Promming is where you use the standing areas inside the hall where ticket prices are much lower than for the reserved seating. Single-concert standing Promming tickets can be bought only on the day of the concert, which can give rise to the famous long queues for well-known artists or works (us British do love a good queue!).

DSC_8692aeEither you are able to give your pearls an outing to the Royal Albert Hall (you lucky thing!) or maybe you are planning on going to watch it in Hyde Park? Our Pearl Team also would recommend throwing a Proms party – invite all you nearest and dearest (dress code black tie and pearls obviously . . .) pop on the TV and watch the magic unfold from the comfort of your own home!

If you do throw a Pearls at the Prom party please let us know through our social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

 

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 . . . .

 

 

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!

 

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.