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.

Golden Summertime

South Sea Golden Pearl Strands2Golden south sea pearls are set to be a big hit this summer at Coleman Douglas Pearls! With their range of summery yellow and golden hues these pearl collections will be with you every step of this exciting summer. These pearls just exude a flame-like warmth perfect as this summer marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London! In honour of this the Museum of London are putting on an exhibition of rarely seen artifacts, as well as an impressive hands on area where people can see what London was like before, during and after the fire.

curesd-childIf your pearls aren’t bringing enough magic into your life then this summer (which we doubt will be the case!) JK Rowling has the answer – her eighth installment of the Harry Potter Franchise! Set 19 years after Harry and Co were students at Hogwarts this new play will incorporate all your old favourite characters alongside some new ones. If you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets to the West End show a book of the play is going to be released at the end of July. . . .

olympic slideAnd if all this nostalgia is making you feel like a child again then fear not – the Belgian artist Carsten Holler has just the activity for you. Kicking off the Olympic 2016 excitement is a brand new installation at the 2012 Olympic Park. The infamous Olympic sculpture (The Helter Skelter) has been converted into the worlds longest and tallest slide – the perfect activity for children of all ages!

cogdiaOur Pearl team still think the best way to make your summer golden is with pearls so pop in to our London pearl jewellery showroom to find the perfect coloured pearl for you. We are also crossing our fingers for all the athletes heading to Rio that their summer will also be golden.

Blue or Blue?

Rowing 1Q. Eight men were rowing a boat down the Thames when it tipped over and they fell in. Not one single man got wet. How is that possible?
A. All eight were married, not single.

Today is the day!
The Thames foot path is filling up, University chants are echoing around, the popularity of Blue has sky rocketed…it can only mean one thing, it’s the Oxbridge Race.
Below our Pearl Team have put together a few fact about the race:

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– The first Oxbridge boat race was held in 1829.
– Light Blue = Cambridge
– Dark Blue = Oxford
– The course stretches for 4.2 miles down the Thames from Putney to Mortlake.
– This is the first year we will see the Newton Women’s Boat Race taking place on the same day and course as the mens!
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Now you might well be thinking, ‘how does this relate to pearls?’
Do you remember the triumphant Summer 2012 Olympic Regatta, where our rowers romped to victory?
Remember the petite pearl studs clutching the earlobes of Heather Stanning?
It was our first Gold medal from the London 2012 games and the first ever women’s rowing gold, to say that Helen Glover and Heather Stanning were elated would be an understatement!

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Fancy owning a pair of winning pearl studs?Available in a variety of colours and sizes, our Pearl Showroom, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX, has an array of studs suitable for every girl.

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For the true blue girl why not opt for our blue freshwater pearl medium studs.

Wherever you watch the rowing, be it from the comfort of your sofa to the packed Thames foot path, may the best Oxford Team win!