Types of Pearls

cultured_grid_largeHere at Coleman Douglas Pearls we understand that there is a lot of mystery behind pearls and how they are formed into beautiful pieces of jewellery, but there doesn’t need to be. It’s quite simple really.

As you probably know, they are created by oysters and mussels. Oysters tend to only produce one pearl in its lifetime whereas mussels can create up to 120 pearls. Pearls are a result from the protective reaction of an oyster or mussel to accidental or deliberate introduction of a foreign body into its organism. This reaction creates concentric layers of nacre (mother of pearl) which are deposited on the foreign body covering it completely.

No two pearls are the same. They usually have some form of irregularity which all adds to the natural aspect of this lustrous gem.

There are four main types of pearls that we sell here at Coleman Douglas Pearls, there are South Sea, Tahitian and Akoya pearls which are formed in oysters and there are mussels formed freshwater pearls.

south_sea_white_gold_pearls_compactSouth Sea Pearls– tend to be 9-14mm in size and are produced in Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines. They vary in shades of white and gold.tahitian_pearls_compact

Tahitian Pearls are similar in size to the South Sea pearls but come in a variety of colours from white to deep black through aubergine and blue, all shades have a grey over tone. Tahitian pearls are mainly produced in Tahiti (surprise) French Polynesia and Mexico although some can be found in Autralia.

Akoya pearls  were first cultivated in Japan, their size varies from 3-10mm in size and in colour they range from pink through to white, gold and grey.akoya_medium

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Freshwater pearls are  produced mainly in China and are the easiest to access type of pearl but beautiful none the less. Some of these pearls can be called Biwa pearls which this is a generic name as the most famous freshwater pearls originated in Lake Biwa in Japan.

For a more in depth over view of pearls have a read through here. Or come along to one of our pearl talks, more dates coming soon.

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?