Tanzanite and Turquoise

Saphire neDecember – the final month of the year and the last to find out about their two birthstones, Tanzanite and Turquoise. Coleman Douglas Pearls believes that these two stones perfectly represent the  month with their wintery and icy blue hues. And you all know what colour is blue’s best friend – White! Making our pearls the perfect companion to these stones. Book today for a bespoke design consultation to create the pearl jewellery of your dreams coupled with either of these fabulous stones.

tanzaniteTanzanite and Turquoise though both blue vary a lot in terms of shade and type of stone. Tanzanite is a relatively new stone discovery – only being found and marketed in the late 60’s. It has an intense blue – purple hue and is transparent. It is a variety of zoisite and was named after the country were it was discovered, Tanzania. It has grown quickly in popularity and is now marketed on the same level as sapphires, rubies and emeralds.

turquoiseTurquoise on the other-hand has been around for thousands of years in jewellery especially in Egyptian and Aztec cultures. The name turquoise is thought to have come from the french word “turques” for “Turks” because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey or Persia as it was then known. Native Americans believed that if they wore the stone on their bow arm it would improve their accuracy. Unlike Tanzanite turquoise is opaque and a pale blue in comparison.

Winter Jan 09 6Whichever one turns out to be your favourite, whether December is your birth month or not – our pearl team is here to help you find the piece for you! The great thing about these stones are that whether you go for freshwater, akoya or south sea pearls – all will compliment them! We hope that you will wear your new pearl jewellery through these cold winter months, into summer and beyond!

 

 

Award winning pearls

47b-webOur designer Chrissie Douglas has won numerous design awards since starting her career, especially in her Tahitian pearl designs. Chrissie’s aim has always been to offer an investment in style and value by utilising her expert pearl knowledge coupled with an excellent network of suppliers. Her innovative and fresh use of pearls with semi-precious stones and other more unusual materials like leather, silk gauze, wood and felt have produced unique designs.

Titania warrior pic2Out of all the ranges that Chrissie has designed our favourite for the winter has to be the Warrior pearl collection. This collection never goes out of fashion as it is so edgy it enables the wearer to go full on Rock Chick or just to slightly toughen up an otherwise girly outfit. Mainly made from knotted leather and Tahitian pearls this range sure knows how to make an impact. Wear the Tahitian Warrior armband and earrings with your most feminine outfit this Christmas party season and you will be guaranteed to wow your friends.

cog dia ss ne + macaroonOur fine jewellery range is also perfect for all the glitz and glam of this time of year. Enhance your natural sparkle with our cognac diamond and south sea necklace – a great transitional piece through the seasons picking up on the golds of Christmas but also delicate enough to wear in the spring and summer. Other great investment pieces include our Tahitian pearl, diamond and rainbow moonstone pendant and matching earrings. The moonstone has a gorgeous adularescence effect where the light travels across the gem changing its colour from apparently colourless to gorgeous blues.

590.Paul ViantFor other final flourishes to your party outfit please bring a photo of you wearing the outfit along to our showrooms where our pearl team can then source the perfect finishing item. Whether you choose to go for an amazing statement necklace or a classic pair of earrings, here at Coleman Douglas Pearls we’ll have the piece for you!

Girls movie night

still-of-felicity-jones-in-chalet-girl-2011-large-picture1Christmas is nearly upon us with just over a month to go and although some of our pearl team are excited others are really wishing it either wasn’t so close (how on earth is everything going to get done?!) or to just take a break from planning the festivities. Either way Coleman Douglas Pearls have the perfect plan for you – get the snacks ready its Movie night! And because we love all things pearls we thought we would mention a couple of our favourite guilty pleasure films featuring pearls!

classic white + petalsFirst up is Chalet Girl featuring our pearls! This film is a perfect winter choice, no mention of Christmas, but enough snow to make you feel a little excited about the season again. A classic RomCom, especially appealing to any snow sports lovers out there! The pieces worn by the girls in the film are everyday wardrobe staples seeing you through every eventuality you will encounter in life. All three of the main leading ladies can be seen wearing our pearls with Felicity Jones wearing our single classic freshwater strand, Brooke Shields wearing our diamond huggies and Tamsin Egerton wearing our freshwater pendant.

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princess diaries 2Next is The Princess Diaries . . . . now I know what you’re thinking but hear us out! This film is perfect not only to watch with your girlfriends but also with your daughter. Not only does Julie Andrews live up to her Practically Perfect name but it is the perfect mix of humour and lessons of life, love and friendship. Pearls again feature heavily as any good queen will know an outfit is not complete without pearls. We especially love the mabe pearl earrings Julie Andrews wears and you can pair them with a South Sea strand – you really will feel like royalty!

If you want any further information about our pearls seen on screen please pop into our London jewellery showroom where we have a wide range of pearl jewellery to suit every occasion.

Bespoke pearl jewellery

Tah prl EA and stonesPearls are stunning in their own right and here at Coleman Douglas Pearls we believe the addition of coloured gemstones can also really lift a piece and give a new take on pearl jewellery. Our bespoke service is the perfect way to design a totally new piece for yourself or to give an old piece a new lease of life.

topazTopaz is one of the birthstones for November and is most commonly thought of as being blue in colour. Although natural blue topaz does exist in nature, it is rare and most of the blue topaz that you see has actually been irradiated to get its hue. Topaz is colourless but also comes in shades of brown, yellow, orange and pink depending on impurity elements or structural defects within the crystal structure. The name topaz is thought to have two different origins; the first coming from the word “Topazios”, an old Greek name for the island now called Zabargad, and although the island never produced topaz, it did produce similar coloured minerals. People just didn’t have the resources to differentiate the two. The second origin could be from the ancient Sanskrit language from the word topas or tapaz, meaning “fire.”

citrine happy + roseCitrine is the second birthstone for November and is already incorporated into a lot of our pearl designs. Citrine is the yellow variety of quartz and ranges in shade from pale yellow to deep orange resulting from the amount of iron in the crystal structure. The name is derived from the Latin “citrina” meaning yellow and it is thought this is the origin for the french word “citron” meaning lemon. Citrine’s have been confused with Topaz for centuries due to their similar colours and lack of obvious inclusions. Most citrine on the market is actually heat treated amethyst, although it does occur naturally.

We want to pass on our love for gemstones and pearls in jewellery and would love for you to book a design consultation with us at our pearl jewellery store in London. We are open Monday – Saturday from 11am – 7pm.

Wrap up in Pearls!

snow08 1internetIt is most definitely winter and here at Coleman Douglas Pearls we are always looking for ways to stay warm. However, bundled up in scarves is not always the most glamorous look so we thought why not wrap up in pearls to keep warm… At our pearl jewellery showroom we have a variety of different ways for you to wrap up against the cold.

First up is are our multi strand pearl necklaces that can be worn alone or layered up together for a dramatic final look as shown by a bevy of celebrities over the years. In addition to the multi strand pearl bodies that we have in store we also have pearl lariats and lasso’s that are designed to be worn together or separately, depending on your mood.

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In addition to our long pearl ropes we also have a selection of shorter multi strand pearl necklaces that look great worn over all those thick jumpers we have been keeping warm in.

But whatever the weather has in store for us over the coming months don’t forget to pop in and say hello! In addition to serving the best coffee around we also have a few tasty Prestat Chocolate Truffles to go with it and you’re surrounded by all our beautiful pearls, what could be better.

See you soon!

Fireworks and pearls!

Fireworks over Palace of Westminster seen from South Bank

garnet and SS prlRemember remember the 5th of November . . . . Fireworks night is almost here! Our pearl team can’t wait to get out onto the streets to see some amazing displays! Two of our favourites being the Battersea Park and Southwark displays. The perfect opportunity to see London at its finest – bathed in a multi coloured glow. Speaking of which our pearls are just the thing to set off your winter complexion. Pearls enhance the wearers beauty when the right colour is placed upon the skin so if you think pearls don’t suit you then come in for a consultation with our pearl specialists at 42 Beauchamp Place to ascertain the best colour and tone for you.

fireworks blogNE3204A few other events for you pearl lovers in November include Hair by Sam McKnight on at Somerset House. Follow this incredible hair stylist through his 40 year career in the fashion world. After collaborating with the likes of Linda Evangelista and Chanel expect pearls also to feature heavily in the images! Also don’t forget to check out the London Jazz Festival featuring great jazz artists from international professionals to new artists. You know we always tell you that pearls need to be worn – here is the perfect opportunity to cheer up the dark November nights! Cocktails, great music and you will be looking after your pearl jewellery – its a win win win scenario! We will be waiting to hear all the gossip from you soon!

 

 

October’s birthstone | Opulent Opals

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We are excited to announce that we have a new selection of beautiful opals at our London Pearl Showroom!

 

Opals are the stone of inspiration and are meant to inspire the imagination and creativity – and it is easy to see why with their mesmerizing colours. Opal is the birthstone for October and in the Middle ages was believed to bring the wearer good luck.

Opal NecklaceWith their beautiful rainbow colours opals are the perfect complimentary companion to your pearls. Opals pick up on the natural luster of a pearl through their impressive play of colour. Opals come in a range of colours from white to black! Other common body colours include red and orange “Fire” opals as well as blue and green. Black opals are the rarest with the black body colour allowing the best play of colour to be seen.


Our opals are Australian boulder opals which mean that they are not fully separated from their rock matrix.
We mainly have black opals with predominantly blue and green play of colour which set off our pearls – especially our tahitian pearls perfectly.
We also have some truly amazing black opals showing the full colour spectrum from violet through to red.

 

Opal is a form of silica and the play of colour that you see is due to its internal structure. Opal is actually made up of hundreds of tiny silica spheres in a tightly packed lattice, and the regularity of the size and shape of these spheres determine the opals quality and how much play of colour you can see through the diffraction of light passing through. Smaller gaps between the spheres produce the blue and violet colours and larger gaps give red’s and oranges. The greater the uniformity of the spheres, the more intense and brilliant the colours produced will be.
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If you want to pop in and take a look at our opals and pearls we are open Monday – Saturday, 11am-7pm at our store in Beauchamp Place. We can make a bespoke design to meet your individual needs if you can’t find what you are after in store.

 

Water for hot chocolate

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In the Autumn we, Coleman Douglas Pearls, will be launching our latest collection “Water For Hot Chocolate”, pairing gorgeous copper brown pearls with smoky quartz and citrine, making the designs so enticing you’re bound to have chocolate cravings!
So with that in mind our pearl team have decided to fully embrace the cravings and are going to talk about all things chocolate!

Chocolate_Olympia_Other_0Being three dedicated chocoholics we could think of nothing better than attending The Chocolate Show in October. Running from 16th -18th October at London Olympia get ready to loosen those waist belts and delve into the wonderful world of chocolate with famous chefs, free tasters and a fabulous chocolate fashion show!

prestat hot chocolateIf you can’t wait until October to get your chocolate fix we recommend a good dose of copper pearls and a trip to ‘Chocolatiers to the Queen’ – Prestat. Not only does Prestat produce the most INCREDIBLE truffles in all sorts of fun flavours they also do an incredibly indulgent hot chocolate range! Keep your eyes peeled for our next news update which will surely tempt you chocoholics this upcoming season . . . . .

Whilst the remainder of the summer sun lasts we will try and resist temptation and stick to the fruit at our Pearl Jewellery store. However, as soon as the leaves start to turn and the jumpers go back on we know our faithful friend will be there waiting for us!

Sparkling Sapphire

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Stunning September Sapphires! Coleman Douglas Pearls love a good bit of mid month alliteration! During the Medieval Ages, European lapidaries started calling blue corundum crystal “sapphire”, a derivative of the Latin word for blue: “sapphirus”. Despite the reasoning behind the name, this stone is actually so much more than the traditional shades of blue. Yes, blue sets off pearls beautifully, from White South Sea pearls through to Tahitian pearls, with the palest cornflower hues to deep Kashimir blues, all matching elegantly with pearls. However, sapphire is the popular name given to the mineral corundum which actually comes in a full rainbow of colours.

IMG_4285aeThe word sapphire without a prefix, implies blue only. Sapphires of all other colors are assigned a color prefix (Green Sapphire, Yellow Sapphire etc) or are collectively termed fancy sapphires. If the color is red, it is a “ruby.” Like ruby the most important factor to consider when looking at sapphires of any colour is their hue.
A strong colour is desirable, not too pale and not too dark, with inclusion being not as important in comparison. You can often see colour zoning in sapphires where bands of colour are stronger in some places in the stone than others.

star sapphireAsterism or the “star effect” is a reflection effect that appears as two or more intersecting bands of light across the surface of a gem.  Asterism in sapphires is due to reflections from multitudes of exsolved needle inclusions (silk), which in most varieties consist of rutile and/or hematite. Asterism is rare with the largest star sapphire weighing 1,404.49 carats and would cost you around $300million. So not much then…

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Famous sapphires include the Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring, formerly belonging to Princess Diana.
Here at our pearl jewellery store we also have a selection of sapphire rings, either for you to give to the ‘Kate’ in your life, or if you just fancy a treat as its Monday! We are open Monday – Saturday from 11am – 7pm so please pop in and have a look.

Back to School!

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The final throws of summer holidays are upon us but back to school needn’t mean doom and gloom! Coleman Douglas Pearls are trying desperately hard to not get carried away buying all the fabulous stationary in the shops . . . . We will have to settle for our colourful pearls instead of pens!

pearl alice band back to school blogA new school year was the perfect chance for a new look when we were young, but why should the kids have all the fun?! The Autumn/Winter 16 trends were so varied there was the perfect look for everyone. Firstly, ‘alice bands’ are no longer for just your daughters! Embrace the easy elegance like Kate and the rest of the ‘fashion’ pack and banish those pesky kirby grips to the bathroom cabinet and wear our pearl tiara instead of a boring black number.

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vogue autumn trends waterproofNext to be dug out of the wardrobe and reinvented is the waterproof jacket. Catwalks rarely combine fashion with comfort and practicality so make the most of this sporty trend this winter! Either dig out your “retro” waterproof (remember the one you bought years ago for it to be banished under the stairs…) or invest in a brightly coloured new one to chase away the grey. Here’s to looking forward to a winter downpour that doesn’t end in your umbrella turning inside out!

And if all else fails back to school means that you no longer have to think up increasingly more difficult ways to entertain the children. With all your time back you may be looking for some me time so pop on down to our pearl jewellery store! We have put the coffee machine ON in anticipation . . . .