Mix and Match

One of the best things about pearls is their ability to go with anything. You can wear them with jeans, you can wear pearls with your black tie dress, even men can wear them. Get Pierce Brosnan wearing a solo Tahitian pearl on a leather cord or Johnny Depp in a Tahitian pearl stud earring any day.ne1632_main_image_large_large

Pearls with other gemstones is what gets us extra excited here at Coleman Douglas Pearls. For example; Sapphires and Tahitian pearls are the true meaning of match made in heaven. Aquamarine and white freshwater Pearls are the perfect twosome for a beautiful bride adding that ‘something blue’ element to the mix.

Other favourites are gems such as the rainbow of colours that Tourmaline brings, Prehenite, Black Diamonds, Rose Quartz, Peridot, Citrine and Amethyst, the list could go on and on. Whatever you feel like mixing and matching, our designer extraordinaire Chrissie Douglas will create it for you. Make sure you pop down to our studio to pick and choose your favourite gemstones.

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The Night Manager

the night managerThe Coleman Douglas Pearl team have been addicted to the BBC’s new hit series, ‘The Night Manager’. Dangerous, thrilling and above all glamorous, this thriller has had us on the edge of our seats every week! But apart from ogling Tom Hiddleston (as well as following the plot) it has been the stunning pearls that have captured our eyes week on week.

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The opening sequence is an example of very clever computer animation turning luxurious items into deadly weapons, mimicking the theme of the show with wealthy, glamorous people who are in fact very dangerous. We absolutely love the fabulous multi strand pearl necklace seen in the Night Manager and think that our multi strand necklace makes an equally dramatic statement, especially paired with a backless dress.

 

.EA3183 SSprlThroughout the series we have seen many of the actresses donning pearls – especially leading lady Elizabeth Debicki. Elizabeth’s character Jed is rarely seen without her pearl drops or pearl studs – very similar to ones you can find in our pearl store in 42 Beauchamp Place, London. It also seems that she is a fan of pearls herself as in all her major roles to date she has donned pearls!

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And Gentlemen please don’t feel left out, pearls are not just for the ladies in your life! Pearls are particularly loved by actors who play Bond, James Bond! Daniel Craig donned a pair of pearl cufflinks in Skyfall and Pierce Brosnan often wears his Tahitian pearl on leather. If Tom Hiddleston is reading out there (can I have your number?) maybe wearing some of our pearl cufflinks or pearl tie pins you can swing the next bond gig in your favour. . . . ?! We all think Tom would be the perfect choice as the latest Bond – who would you like to see playing the world’s most famous spy?

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FAB’RUARY!

FebruaryFabulous, Fresh and Free! 3 things that most people aspire to be.
Our Coleman Douglas Pearls London Team have been busy getting together the ingredients to help you on your way to a F.F.F February!
The 3 main ingredients?
Pearls, Acai Berries and Pearlspearls are doubly important which is why they have been included twice!

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So why are pearls so important in making you feel Fabulous?
It’s all to do with light refraction. Have you ever noticed how a girl looks instantly brighter once a strand of pearls has been placed around her neck? This is down to the light refracting around the pearl before reflecting back out onto the wearers face… It’s the best kept beauty secret of all time! And let’s be honest, if you look great, you will feel FABULOUS!

‘I love the fact that the pearl lustre makes their wearer automatically look radiant.’ – Chrissie Douglas

February 2To feel Fresh you need to start on the inside, which is why we recommend the Acai berry.
(Ahh-sah-ee) is a Brazilian berry which is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, and …it tastes delicious! Taking the frozen pulp of the acai berry, blend it with frozen fruits and coconut milk to make a huge bowl of scoopable, ice-cream-like consistency goodness. The perfect sweet craving treat that is not only healthy but also filling.

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Now lets look at the Free factor…Free from Fashion Faux pas!
Pearls are a timeless gem that have been seen on numerous catwalks throughout the centuries, and are as popular now as they were in the time of Cleopatra, with celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Princess Diana, Michelle Obama, Grace Jones, Angelina Jolie, Emma Watson, Rihanna, Kate Perry, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lawrence, Karl Lagerfeld and Pierce Brosnan to name but a few, all wearing pearls!

Pearls play the same role in women’s jewellery collections that the little black dress does in their wardrobes – it is the all-time classic.’ – Lucia van der Post. FT How To Spend It
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So now you know how to attack February, have fun with it!

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Spectre
‘The name’s Bond, James Bond’
One of the most well known lines in the world, and currently the hot topic of many J.B fans as ‘Spectre’ has finally arrived at The Big Screen.
The British Secret Service agent, known for his sophisticated style, cool gadgets, and daring international exploits was once again pushed to the limits in saving the world while still finding time for ‘romance’. So let me ask you one thing…what do you imagine a Bond Girl to be like?
Elegant, beautiful, stylish, confident, sassy… the list goes on. Therefore, it didn’t shock our Pearl Company when low and behold one of the Bond girls wore Tahitian pearl studs.

Spectre 2The pearl studs were gracing the ear lobes of the stunning Monica Bellucci.
Seen here complementing her black ensemble, the pearls did what they do best…take a back seat while enhancing their wearers natural beauty.
Fancy a pair of your own? Pop into our Pearl Beauchamp Place Showroom, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1NX, where our pearl guru will help you find the perfect metallic hue to suit your complexion.

bond 3Tahitian pearls are known for their mesmerizing metallic colour and deep lustre which lures you in.

A favorite of not only Bond girls but also Bond himself, Pierce Brosnan was photographed wearing his tahitian pearl thong necklace on a tropical beach…where would you wear yours?

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Daniel Craig, another pearl connoisseur, happened to meet one of our clients at the premier who commented on how beautiful her multi strand pearl necklace was. ‘…I love wear them all the time, especially as ‘James Bond’, Daniel Craig, complimented me on them!’ – Kit (Client)

536 Tahitian PearlsOne question usually asked is, why do Tahitian pearls have natural metallic colours and other pearls, such as south sea pearls, do not?
The answer lies with the host shell. Tahitian pearls are created in black lipped oysters which produce nacre which always has a hint of grey. These oysters are found in Mexico, Panama and French Polynesia, several places that James Bond has visited.

So to leave you with one of our favorite James Bond quotes…

Bond: “My dear girl, there are some things that just aren’t done. Such as, drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs.”

He’s Got Style!

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Is it just our Pearl Team or are you seeing Mr Darcy/007 lookalikes everywhere?!
Obviously with Ascot happening it is hardly surprising that well suited and booted gentlemen keep being spotted waltzing around every street corner but, is it just Ascot or is it a trend?
As it is Fathers’ Day tomorrow we thought we’d dedicate this Blog to all the Stylish men out there, and where better to start than with Mr Bond…James Bond.


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A fun fact to know about the famous Mr Bond….He likes PEARLS!
Now when I say ‘He’ I should really mention that I mean ‘they’ as over the years we’ve seen several actors taking on the role. Let’s look at the 2 most recent Bonds, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

James Bond‘I favour pearls on screen and in my private life. ‘ – Grace Kelly
It seems that both Brosnan and Craig agree with Grace Kelly’s quote above as both gentlemen have been seen wearing pearl jewellery on screen and off.
Brosnan was famously photographed for Vanity Fair wearing his Tahitian Pearl and leather necklace, while Craig was shot several times throughout the film Skyfall wearing his pearl cufflinks. Also at a premiere Mr Craig happened to complement one of our clients on the CDP pearls she was wearing…

‘Chrissie thank you so much for all your help in choosing my beautiful pearls. I love wear them all the time, especially as ‘James Bond’, Daniel Craig, complimented me on them! – Kit’

Bond 2Fancy thanking your Father this Fathers’ Day with accessories similar to James Bond’s?
Our freshwater pearl cufflinks are almost identical to the ones Daniel Craig wore when trying to save the ‘damsel in distress’ in Skyfall. Set on sterling silver a white freshwater pearl, these cufflinks will go with plain or detailed shirts making them an easy choice for those rushed week day mornings.

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Perhaps your Bond, I mean father, is more laid back and would prefer a leather and Tahitian pearl pedant like Pierce Brosnan’s.
Make an appointment with our Pearl Company to choose the Tahitian pearl and leather colour you’d like for the necklace.

Needing more ideas? Head over to our Coleman Douglas Pearls London Showroom where we have a wide selection of gifts ready to give.

The Warriors of Hollywood

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Pierce Brosnan, Jason Momoa and Jonny Depp, all actors who have played ‘warrior’ roles in films.
But what else do these actors have in common…PEARLS!
Yes you heard right, all three men have been spotted wearing Tahitian Pearl pendant necklaces in magazines and on the Red Carpet.
And it’s not the first time men have been seen wearing pearls, just look through history.
Julius Caesar’s love of pearls is said to have been a contributing factor to his invasion of England in 55BC! Other pearl enthusiasts include Charles I, Steven Tyler, Elton John, Pharrell Williams.
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Tahitian Pearls are naturally dark colour ranging from grey to black and peacock green to aubergine.
However, on rare occasions you can sometimes find them very light, from white to yellow and pink, all of which have grey overtones.

Fancy adding Leather collectionsome Tahitian pearl jewellery to your look?
If so you’re in luck. Our Pearl Guru, Chrissie Douglas, designed a whole collection called ‘Warrior’, which is full of knockout leather and Tahitian Pearl necklaces, earrings and cuffs, and having won the Tahitian Pearl Trophy award for innovative design, I’d say this is a must for your ‘warrior’ look.

James bond 4Our Tahitian Pearl pendant, a favourite of the actor John Shepherd, is made up of a lustrous dark Tahitian round pearl on a strong black leather plain thong, allowing the pearl to take centre stage.
The necklace is finished with a classic sterling silver T-bar clasp.

If you fancy more detailing onPuck 2 your leather then our Tahitian Pearl and leather bracelet was made for you.
The leather has been woven together to look like barbed wire interspersed with cultured pearls for a truly ‘tough guy’ look.

To view more of our pearl and leather collection as well as several other Coleman Douglas Pearl designs call into our Pearl Center.

…007…

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The names Bond…James Bond!
Fast cars, crazy gadgets, shaken and not stirred martinis, ladies and sharp outfits… just a few of Bonds ‘calling cards’. Cards that many men desire.

But did you know that Bond also likes Pearls?! …more specifically Tahitian Pearls.
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Check out 007/Peirce Brosnan pictured on the front cover of Vanity Fair wearing a Tahitian Pearl and black leather thong necklace.
Yes it might not be the current James Bond but I haven’t managed to speak to Daniel Craig…yet!
However one of our clients did chat with Daniel Craig… ‘Chrissie thank you so much for all your help in choosing my beautiful pearls. I love wear them all the time, especially as ‘James Bond’, Daniel Craig, complimented me on them! – Kit

James Bond 3Tahitian Pearls come in a variety of natural metallic colours. From pistaccio green to purple, dove grey to midnight black.
The metallic colours give the pearls a modern, mesmerizing, mysterious edge compared with the timeless classic white pearls.

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We have a wide selection of black and nude leather jewellery which include a variety of pearls.
From single leather rope necklaces to multi-strand warrior bracelets.
Call into our Pearl Showroom, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX, to see our full cultured pearl and leather Warrior Collection.

James bond5Feeling creative? make an appointment with our Pearl Specialist and Designer, Chrissie Douglas, and begin to dream up your very own 007 creations.

Diamonds might be forever, but ‘…pearls are the ultimate best friend.’ – Anne de Courcy, Daily Telegraph