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.

La Peregrina – the pilgrim pearl

image (17)Happy Easter from all of us here at Coleman Douglas Pearls! The majority of you will have all headed on your travels to make the most of this fabulous long weekend, either on a holiday abroad or to visit family. We thought it would be the perfect time to tell our own Easter story – the one of the wandering, pilgrim pearl, La Peregrina. This amazing pearl has a fascinating history and has traveled the globe, changing hands regularly – with some of those hands being very well known…..

La-Peregrina-pearl-Elizabeth-Taylor-close-up-250La Peregrina was discovered in the mid 16th Century off the isle of Santa Margarita in the Gulf of Panama, by an African slave who was awarded his freedom when he handed it in. La Peregrina then travelled the world to Spain, the UK (Mary Tudor owned it for a while) and back to America when it was bought at auction by Richard Burton for his wife Elizabeth Taylor, a lady famed for her jewellery collection! Cartier were commissioned to redesign the necklace, pairing La Peregrina with diamonds and rubies. After Taylor’s death the necklace was sold for a record price of £7.1 million, and so the wandering pearl’s journey continues.

If your not lucky enough to be jetting off this Easter here are some fun events happening around London that may make it more bearable. You all will have heard of The Boat Race which takes place on Easter Sunday BUT have you ever heard of the Oxford v Cambridge Goat Race? Neither had we but this annual event is gaining in popularity as spectators head to Spitalfields City Farm to see two goats battle it out.

Chocolate Market at Duke of York Square

Or how about heading to Duke of York Square on Saturday 26th March for their Chocolate market? Visit all the different stalls selling their delicious chocolate goodies from Easter eggs to hot chocolate, this is a chocoholics paradise! What a perfect place to overindulge, after all its only Easter once a year!

Tah prl ringAnd if you have eaten enough chocolate to sink a rowing boat head to our London pearl store in 42 Beauchamp Place. Treat your self to some inedible goodies in the form of this eggcellent Tahitian egg shaped ring! Perfect for those who fancy giving the chocolate coma a miss this year.

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.

Fashion at the Oscars

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The awards season has finally ended in spectacular style with the 2016 Oscars. The glitz, the glamour and more importantly the pearl jewellery was out in force on Sunday in the LA sun. Our pearl award this year has to go to the winner of the Best Actress Statue – Brie Larson. Brie pulled off this stunning blue Gucci dress with ease and combined it with the mother of all accessories – a large pearl encrusted statement belt. Teamed with some pearl and diamond drop earrings and simple, elegant hair and make up, we think Brie was spot on!olivia wilde oscars 2016

Coming in a close second place was Olivia Wilde and her gorgeous Valentino Grecian outfit. The beautiful pleats and cut of this dress was saved from being slightly casual, again with her stunning accessories. From her elegant seed pearl and diamond choker to her pearl and diamond earrings, Olivia epitomized style even in her pearl clutch bag!

In third place has to be Whoopi Goldberg for this fantastic squid ring. Showing off her unique sense of style and humour, this pearl ring had us all wanting a statement cuff.

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Other celebrities wearing pearls at the awards included Lisa Thompson who looked amazing in her pearl rope to collect the award for Best Production Design for Mad Max Fury Road. Best Supporting actress nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh was sporting some beautiful delicate pale pink pearl drop flower earrings, and the pearl jewelry didn’t stop there! Pearls also proved to be popular at the after parties with the likes of Liberty Ross and Anjelica Huston donning statement pearl earrings to the Vanity Fair party. But don’t take our word for it – who do you think was best dressed?