Become a connoisseur of natural pearls in 10 easy steps: Part 2

Following on from our last blog, we continue to supply you with top tips on how to recognise natural pearls.

Natural pearls are RARE  The rarity value means that the price a natural pearl commands is usually ten times the price of its cultured counterpart unless the pearl in question is particularly large, of a sought after shape or has been worn by celebrities as is the case of La Peregrina in which case it can go through the roof.

The IT factor natural pearl  – One of the most famous seawater natural pearls is La Peregrina a drop shape natural pearl which was discovered in the Americas, it was given by Phillip II of Spain to Mary Tudor as a wedding gift. On her death it returned to Spain and was taken to France. Prince Louis Napoleon sold it to the marquis of Abercorn in 1837, the marquis’s son, drilled La Peregrina and recorded its exact weight, 10.192 grams [ over 50 carats in weight]. When, in 1969, Elizabeth Taylor bought a pearl reputed to be the Peregrina for $37,000, its authenticity was challenged. However, due to the exact record of its weight being kept, experts were able to confirm that it was indeed the famous pearl. It was recently sold again by Christies Auction House, for 10 million dollars plus saleroom fees! Goes to show what celebrity status can do for a pearls perceived value.

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Oysters get Blisters!  Natural oyster blister pearls can be started by a parasite like a crab that settles in the shell, or a worm that drills through the oyster shell and dies, or larva that obstructs a duct within the shell becomes infected and is then covered with the epithelial cells that protect the mollusc. These pearls have a flat surface on one side because they have been grown on the inside of the shell.

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Oysters can bear seed pearls Natural pearls which are 2mm in diameter or smaller are called seed pearls, they were particularly popular in Victorian times, on “parures” a set of necklace bracelets and earrings. Which were tiny pearls sewn onto mother of pearl ornamental shapes and strewn together. Horse hair was used to string the pearls, the horse had to be alive when hairs were plucked from its tail for longest durability and flexibility. The drill holes on these pearls are tiny and only maidens were allowed to make these popular Victorian jewellery sets, presumably because it was only very young eyes who could see well enough to stitch these pearls onto the mother of pearl backs. Dust pearls are also around and as their name implies they are but specks of irritation, not really worth bothering with.

 

One more blog to come on the this beautiful gem – the natural pearl!

 

Pearls, Fashion & Afternoon Tea

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If you were invited to the Best of Britain Luxury Shopping event last week but couldn’t make it, here are a few highlights! The event was at the luscious Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge and it brought together some new and some established luxury ladies brands for an afternoon of tea, cakes, champagne, pearls and shopping! Gomez-Grazia, the celebrity endorsed fashion brand hosted us and other brands including swimwear, diamonds and even super luxurious hairpieces. We invited all our lovely clients – thank you to those who made it and we hope you enjoyed yourself. Ten percent of all sales went to The Great Ormond Street Hospital and a three lucky shoppers won complimentary nights in top hotels in Paris, Monaco and Geneva.

One of our youngest clients, aged 16, was treated to a pink freshwater drop pendant. Her warm skin tones and Gaelic colouring, with dark hair and blue eyes, meant that pink was her colour! She also suited the peacock black pearls, but young and pretty calls for pink!

The gorgeous Anna is wearing a stunning Gomez Grazia evening gown and a load of our white freshwater pearl bracelets (you can never wear too many!).

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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.

Valentine’s Day Pearls

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we at Coleman Douglas Pearls will start popping open the champagne at our studio in Beauchamp Place. Here is a selection of our favourite Valentine’s Day appropriate pearls. We also have a section dedicated to Anniversary Gifts so please do have a browse and …see you soon !

 

 

 

 

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.

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?

Be Different!

159 egagementWhy be the same as everyone else when you can be different?!

When you think of engagement rings do you instantly think of diamonds?
Most people do. There is nothing wrong with that, but why match everyone else when you can buck the trend!

Just imagine, the love of your life gets engaged tashi2down on one knee and lovingly looking into your eyes asks to marry you, while simultaneously opening a chocolate brown leather ring box with our golden CDP logo, to reveal a stunning pearl ring. Quite a picture!

Pearls symbolise purity, wisdom, beauty and wealth, not a bad symbol to have on your finger!

HistoryBette Midler is full of romantic pearl stories from as far back as Cleopatra. A more current celebrity that has favoured a pearl engagement ring is Bette Milder.
Not known for following the trends but rather making them, Midler has slowly re-birthed the popular idea of pearl engagement rings.

Fancy your own?engagement pearl ring
Here at Coleman Douglas Pearls we have a wide selections of ready made pearl rings. From cultured pearls to natural pearls we have the ring for you.
How about a pearl, diamond and semi-precious stone ring?
Our eye-catching pearl and precious stone rings come in a variety of different colours. Available in white and yellow 18ct gold this ring is bound to get you noticed for all the right reasons.

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We also offer a fantastic Bespoke service.
Make an appointment with our Pearl Specialist and Designer, Chrissie Douglas, and begin to plan the unique pearl engagement ring of your dreams.

For more pearl engagement ideas check out our new website www.pearls.co.uk