FebruaryFabulous, Fresh and Free! 3 things that most people aspire to be.
Our Coleman Douglas Pearls London Team have been busy getting together the ingredients to help you on your way to a F.F.F February!
The 3 main ingredients?
Pearls, Acai Berries and Pearlspearls are doubly important which is why they have been included twice!

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So why are pearls so important in making you feel Fabulous?
It’s all to do with light refraction. Have you ever noticed how a girl looks instantly brighter once a strand of pearls has been placed around her neck? This is down to the light refracting around the pearl before reflecting back out onto the wearers face… It’s the best kept beauty secret of all time! And let’s be honest, if you look great, you will feel FABULOUS!

‘I love the fact that the pearl lustre makes their wearer automatically look radiant.’ – Chrissie Douglas

February 2To feel Fresh you need to start on the inside, which is why we recommend the Acai berry.
(Ahh-sah-ee) is a Brazilian berry which is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, and …it tastes delicious! Taking the frozen pulp of the acai berry, blend it with frozen fruits and coconut milk to make a huge bowl of scoopable, ice-cream-like consistency goodness. The perfect sweet craving treat that is not only healthy but also filling.

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Now lets look at the Free factor…Free from Fashion Faux pas!
Pearls are a timeless gem that have been seen on numerous catwalks throughout the centuries, and are as popular now as they were in the time of Cleopatra, with celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Princess Diana, Michelle Obama, Grace Jones, Angelina Jolie, Emma Watson, Rihanna, Kate Perry, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lawrence, Karl Lagerfeld and Pierce Brosnan to name but a few, all wearing pearls!

Pearls play the same role in women’s jewellery collections that the little black dress does in their wardrobes – it is the all-time classic.’ – Lucia van der Post. FT How To Spend It
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So now you know how to attack February, have fun with it!

New Year…New You?

Happy New Year!
How are all the New Year resolutions going, going, gone?!
Well to help you take your mind off the ‘New Year List’ I thought I’d let you know a fantastic beauty secret that will transform your look.
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If you haven’t guessed yet…I’m talking about Pearls!

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Throughout history men and women from all walks of life have desired pearls. Symbolising purity, beauty, wisdom and wealth, pearls were the ultimate status symbol.

Cleopatra, in a bid to demonstrate that Egypt possessed a heritage and wealth which put it beyond conquest, is recorded to have waged Marc Anthony that she could consume the entire wealth of a country in a single meal and is said to have consumed one of her magnificent pearl earrings in the process,…please do not try this at home!

Fortunately we have not heard of many people consuming their pearls lately, thank goodness, but we have seen pearls taking more of a front seat on the Red Carpet, at Royal Events and on the Catwalk.

What is it that makes pearls so alluring?

WHJoy of Life ea 18ct Y goldPerhaps it is their mysterious deep lustre that draws you in? Or maybe their timeless appeal?
Then again maybe it is that fact that pearls enhance the beauty of their wearer!
How do they do this? A pearl is made up of many layers of nacre. When light touches a pearl it gets refracted around the layers before being reflected out, giving a soft up light onto the face above…genius!

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Fancy some pearl jewellery of your own? Our Pearl Center is full of a wide variety of pearl designs, ranging from the Twin-set and Pearl look to the leather and pearl ‘Warrior’ style.

This year whatever you’ve decided to give or take up, make sure you do it in style…pearl style!

Easter Eggs…..Easter Pearls

easter egg winsow‘A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips’ – a saying that haunts us every time we reach for another bite of that delicious, mouth watering chocolate Egg!
This year instead of purchasing chocolate eggs that will, let’s be honest not last more than a day, choose pearls that will last forever!
Take a look at our new window display, full of stunning pearl necklaces, pearl bracelets, pearl earrings and pearl accessories to inspire you this Easter.

Pearls have been highly desired since the beginning of civilisation, with their history full of symbolism and romance.
With style leaders throughout time, such as Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, Coco Chanel, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Anna Wintor, Duchess of Cambridge and Rihanna, favouring them.

Pearl Family 4If you fancy joining the women above then take a gander at our Easter Pearl Gift selection.

No young girl should be without her freshwater pearl and brightly coloured ribbon spacer.
Available in a wide variety of ribbon colours, that range from light pastel to deep richly coloured ribbon.

The pearl spacers can be worn in a variety of different ways, as a necklace, bracelet or hair-band.

How about an elegant pair of pink EASTER pink studsfreshwater pearl studs?
These timeless classic studs come in white, grey, copper and peacock black. Easy to dress up and down, these earrings will become an all time essential ingredient to getting dressed.

cu1261 BRIDEFor the men of the household we have some smart sterling silver ‘Figure of Eight’ pearl cufflinks, with a white and peacock black freshwater pearl in each cup.

If you would like to see more of our Easter Pearl Collection call into our Pearl Showroom, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX.

Inner and Outer well being.

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Still trying to decide what to give your family and friends this Christmas?
Here at Coleman Douglas Pearls we have pearl jewellery suitable for everyone, no matter what the age.
Pearl cufflinks for the men.
Pearl necklaces for the ladies.
Pearl earrings for the girls.
Pearl bracelets for the friends.
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Pearls are the oldest gem known to man, being wore by men and women alike. Symbolising purity, wisdom, beauty and wealth, they are the perfect present to give and receive.

Many style leaders throughout time have favored pearls. From Royals, such as Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth I, Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge, to Coco Chanel, Marilyn Monroe, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Angelina Jolie. Showing that whatever your style is, pearls are always suitable.
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But why are pearls so popular?
The main beauty of pearls lies in the fact that they enhance the beauty of their wearer.

How does this happen?
It is all down to light. Light gets refracted into the pearls and then reflected back out onto the wearer, giving him or her a soft delicate uplift of light.
This beauty secret has been recognised since the beginning of civilisation with world leaders doing pretty much anything, even murder, to get there hands on pearls.

Our Pearl Showroom, Coleman Douglas Pearlslocated at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX, is full of stunning pearl jewellery collections ready to be purchased, allowing you the opportunity to own beautiful pearls without having to murder someone!

There is still time to take advantage of our Bespoke service before Christmas. Make an appointment with our Designer and Pearl Specialist, Chrissie Douglas, and make your dream jewellery a reality.

We now know how to look fabulous on the outside but how can we feel good on the inside?
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Located just round the corner from us is The Capital, a lovely 5 star family owned Hotel that serve one of the best Christmas teas in London!
The scrumptious sandwiches, homemade pastries, scones and delicious jams, all made by their Pastry Chef, are truly divine!

So if you are looking for The Christmas Tea in London, then pop over to The Capital, located at 22 Basil Street, London, SW3 1AT.

We hope you have a delicious Christmas inside and out this year!

People and Pearls

PearlsEvery year we see a feast of pearls gracing the Red Carpet, TV, Film and the High Street. Pearl earrings, pearl bracelets, pearl necklaces, pearl rings, pearl accessories and even celebrity pearl encrusted faces…Lady Gaga!
What is it about Pearls that lure people into wearing them?
Why have Pearls never gone out of fashion?
How can you achieve Hollywood pearl glam without the price tag?
Symbolising purity, wisdom, beauty and wealth, men and women throughout history have been drawn to pearls. Their story is full of symbolism and romance. From Julius Caesar’s love of pearls, which is said to have been a contributing factor to his invasion of England in 55BC, to Phillip II of Spain giving Mary Tudor as a wedding gift the Peregrina pearl, which became the most highly regarded jewel of the 16th century.

PearlsThe main beauty of pearls lies in the fact that they glow, reflecting their beauty onto the wearer. This has been recognised since the beginning of civilisation with style leaders throughout time favouring them above other gems.
Such style leaders included Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth I, the French Empress Eugenie, Coco Chanel, Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Diana, Kristin Scott Thomas, Anna Wintour and Miranda Kerr, to name but a few.
From the small selection of style leaders above, you can see that pearls have always been in fashion, and they will continue to be. For who wouldn’t want to wear a gem that makes you continuously look good?!

PearlsA woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.’ – Coco Chanel

To achieve Hollywood Pearl glam you need Pearls!
So that the Pearls make you look as good as possible it is important for you to choose the pearl that suits you the best in colour, size and shape.
Large round white pearls do not suit everyone.

Coleman Douglas PearlsHere at Coleman Douglas Pearls we pride ourselves on finding the perfect pearls for everyone, no matter what your age, and with our prices starting at £12.50 for a freshwater pearl ribbon spacer, pearls are affordable to everyone.
Pop into our Pearl Showroom, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX, where a member of our Pearl Team will be happy to guide you to the perfect pearl necklace, pearl bracelet, pearl accessory or pearl earrings for you.

Pearls of Wisdom!

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The word on the street?
We are thrilled to hear so many people talking about pearls, but are all the tales true?
Does sand really play a part in pearl production?
Are pearls really made from the tears of Gods?
How many layers of nacre does a cultured pearl have?
Did Cleopatra’s pearl really dissolve in wine?

Lets start aColeman Douglas Pearlst the beginning. Pearls are the result of self preservation!
They are not caused by the emotional tear ducts of Gods, nor are they commonly started by a grain of sand. Let us remember where an oyster lives …in an environment full of …sand! If sand caused pearl production the poor old oyster would never be able to breathe without making a pearl!
Pearl production is actually started when a piece of shell, coral or bone hooks into the flesh of the oyster, breaking through the epithelial cell barrier; or when a parasite makes its way through the shell ducts and breaks the epithelial cell barrier. The self preservation mechanism of the oyster will try to expel the intruder but if it is unable to dislodge it, the oyster’s epithelial cells will form a pearl sac around the foreign body and cover it in layers of nacre, which are thin translucent layers that reflect the light creating the pearl‘s distinctive lustre.

Coleman Douglas PearlsSo, how many layers of nacre does a cultured pearl have? Hundreds, nay thousands! Yes you can find some pearls that will have very few layers, say a few dozen, but those pearls will be greatly lacking in lustre, most probably showing dull patches throughout.
Here at Coleman Douglas Pearls our Pearl Team hand pick all our pearls for their great lustre, thickness of nacre, colour and surface perfection.

Did Cleopatra really dissolve one of her pearls Coleman Douglas Pearlsin wine?
No. Champagne is more acidic than wine, yet when we have placed pearls in flutes of champagne we have never had a pearl dissolve on us… Seriously the only way to dissolve a pearl in liquid is to crush it and leave it for a few hours in pure lemon juice.
Cleopatra’s reason for consuming the pearl was to show Mark Anthony that Egypt was beyond conquering. As pearls were extremely valuable, and in this case one of her pearls would have been worth a kings ransom.
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If you would like to learn more about pearls, come and join us for one of our Pearl Talks at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX.
Chrissie Douglas, our Pearl Specialist and Designer, will talk about the different types of pearls you can find, how and where they are made, how to tell if a pearl is real or not, how to find the perfect pearl for you and much, much more.

Pearls…what more do you need?!

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Pearls , Pearls , Pearls!
Pearls are timeless.
Pearls are elegant.
Pearls are an aphrodisiac.
Pearls are Perfection!
Here at Coleman Douglas Pearls we are passionate about finding the perfect pearls for you.Coleman Douglas Pearls

Our Pearl Showroom, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX, is full of stunning pearl designs. From the timeless classic Akoya Pearl strand to the Tahitian Pearl and Leather ‘Warrior’ cuff, your dream jewellery awaits you!
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Pearls are the oldest gem known to man, playing a central role down the centuries in style and refinement.
Many style leaders throughout time have favoured pearls, such as Cleopatra, Mary Tudor,
Catherine the Great of Russia, Coco Chanel,
Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Michelle Obama, Anna Wintour, Emilia Fox,
Angelina Jolie, Rihanna and Taylor Swift, to name but a few!Coleman Douglas Pearls

Pearls are part and parcel of everyday dressing sensibly. They are not solely glitzy adornments but ones which are accessible to everyone and so they should be.’ – Jenny Kingsley

Chrissie DouglasWhen I asked our Pearl Specialist and Designer, Chrissie Douglas, why she loves pearls so much she replied,
‘I love the fact that the pearl lustre makes their wearer automatically look radiant. I also love the fact that Pearls always take a back seat never outshining their owner and always enhancing her.
Pearls are the ultimate in understated elegance.’

If you would like to learn Coleman Douglas Pearlsmore about Pearls, how and where they are made, the different types of pearls, what to look for when buying pearls, and much much more, then come to one of our fascinating Pearl Talks which have received wonderful feedback and are often oversubscribed. Or maybe you would prefer to come to our Pearl Talk happening at Fortnum and Mason over a delicious Tea.

Are you Ready?!

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This weekend looks to be anything but relaxed! What with the Wimbledon and Henley finals.
How are you going to cope?!
First things first, throw out the worry beads and put on those Pearls, you might as well look beautiful and stylish while coping with the intense competition unfolding on screen!

Pearls are known for Coleman Douglas Pearlsbeing a symbol of purity, wisdom, beauty and wealth, but the main beauty of pearls lie in the fact that they glow and therefore enharnce their wearer’s beauty.
This has been recognised since the beginning of civilisation with style leaders throughout time, such as Cleopatra, Mary Tudor, Queen Elizabeth I, Coco Chanel, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, the late Princess Diana, Kristin Scott Thomas, Anna Wintour and Angelina Jolie all favouring pearls.

‘I feel undressed if I don’t have my pearls on. My pearls are my security blanket.’ – Lady Sarah Churchill

Rihanna wearing pearlsIt seems that Rihanna agrees with the quote from Lady Sarah Churchill, turning up at the Chanel show on Wednesday in just an oversized cardigan and multiple pearl strands!
In Vanity Fair Rihanna’s outfit was described as “several strands of pearls, last night’s smoky eye, and … what appears to be a barely buttoned nightgown.”

Pearls have the ability to look perfect with anything from jeans to a red carpet dress.’ – Chrissie Douglas

Now we do not suggest that Coleman Douglas Pearlsyou start waltzing around outside in a ‘barely buttoned nightgown’, but we do encourage you to wear your pearls as much as possible, as the natural oils in your skin help to keep the pearls moisturised.

If you would like to learn more about how to preserve the life of your pearls, how and where pearls are made, the different varieties of pearls, how to choose the best pearls for you and much more, then join us for one of our Pearl Talks happening throughout the year at our Pearl Showroom, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX.

Good morning Akoya Pearls!

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Fancy yourself in PEARLS?
Well get in line!
Style leaders throughout history have been lusting after them. From Cleopatra to Elizabeth I, Marilyn Monroe to Anna Wintour!

‘I keep a strand of pearls in my purse, and throw them on whenever I need to dress up my outfit.’ – Taylor Swift

When you think of pearls you Coleman Douglas Pearlsprobably think of the classic ‘Twin set and Pearl’ look.
Akoya Pearls are perfect for this classic style.
Ranging in size from 3mm to 10mm, these pearls are formed in Oysters.
Taking a spherical mother of pearl bead, it is implanted into the oyster alongside an epithelial cell graft.
Akoya pearl bearing oysters must be around 3 years old before they are able to host a pearl successfully.

Coleman Douglas PearlsAkoya pearls are normally found in all shades of white from very pure white through pale pink to golden tones.

We have a wonderful array of Akoya Pearl strands in a variety of different colour tones and pearl sizes.
Come to our Pearl Showroom, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX, where a member of our Pearl Team will be happy to guide you around all the different designs.
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Do you have jewellery that you never wear?
Jewellery that needs re-stringing?
Jewellery designs that you wish existed?
If so make an appointment with our Designer and begin to take pleasure in wearing the jewellery again.

With a week to go till Father’s Day time is running out to find that perfect gift.

Coleman Douglas PearlsInstead of buying him another book that he will read and then throw away, why not purchase a pair of simple, elegant pearl cufflinks.
Made out of sterling silver with a freshwater pearl, these cufflinks are a lovely alternative to the plain metallic ones he usually wears.

For more Father’s Day gift ideas call into our Pearl Showroom or check out our ‘Pearls for Men‘ collection on our website.