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!

Hooopla!

The word on the street … ‘HOOPS’!
Big or small, whole or half, plain or pearl embellished hoops, whatever the style, hoops have arrived!
Pop Stars, Actresses and Royals are all following this trend…and now you can too with the help of Coleman Douglas Pearls!

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As you can see from the images above, some hoops are more practical than others!
Below we have selected a hoop suitable for each occasion. Everyday, Smart Casual, and Red Carpet.

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For everyday our 18ct yellow gold closed hoop with detachable freshwater pearl drop is perfect.
The delicate hoop can be worn on its own for a subtle look…unlike Rihanna’s, or with the freshwater pearl drop attached for detail.
The earrings come with either white, pink, grey, copper or peacock black freshwater pearl drops.

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Usually when people hear an event is ‘smart casual’ panic sets in as everyone’s level of smartness is different. This is where our petite diamond and 18ct gold ‘huggies‘ are perfect. Similar in look to the ones Emma Watson is wearing above, ours have an additional design feature…wear the hoops one way to have the small diamonds visible, turn them around and the hoops are plain. Two hoops for the price of one!

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For those glizzy and glamorous Red Carpet events look no further than our large 18ct white ‘huggies’ with diamonds and a large south sea pearl drop, available with or without the 18ct gold swirl.

A similar pair were worn by Pixie Lott last week at the National Television Awards evening.

To view more of our hoop earrings call into our Pearl Center, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX, where a member of our pearl company will help you find the perfect hoops to suit you.

The Golden Globe Awards

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The red carpet is being prepared, outfits are being perfected and actors and actresses wait anxiously to hear if they will win a Golden Globe tomorrow.
Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best this and Best that!
While several people will be wondering who will win what, our Pearl Team and the majority of the world will have eyes eagerly fixed on The Red Carpet, who will wear what? Will pearl jewellery be ‘hot’ on the carpet again this year?!
From pearl encrusted torsos and faces (Lady Gaga!), to pearl earrings and pearl necklaces… celebrities love wearing their Pearls on The Red Carpet!

golden globes 2Our 2 favourite looks from last year were seen on Lupita Nyong’o – lead actress from “12 Years A Slave”, and Cate Blanchett.

Lupita Nyong’o chose to wear an eye-catching plain scarlet cape dress with classic pearl studs and pearl cluster rings. While Cate Blanchett opted for a delicate black lace fitted gown with a high neck line and capped sleeves.

Fancy their accessories?

Golden GlobesPearl studs:
This timeless classic accessory is an essential for every girl. Available in a range of different pearl sizes and colours you are bound to find the perfect pearl studs for you.
One celebrity who is seen in her studs nearly all the time is Angelina Jolie. Other celebrities include Rihanna, Keira Knightley and Jennifer Lawrence, to name only a few!

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Why only wear precious stones OR pearls when you can wear both!
Our statement pearl rings are set on 18ct gold with a semi-precious stone set next to either a Tahitian or South Sea pearl.

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Diamond earrings
Many celebrities go for either diamond studs or drops. Why not have both with our diamond leaf and South Sea pearl earrings. With a hidden drop attachment at the back of the studs you can add a variety of different pearl drops to give yourself several looks for the price of 1!

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Make an appointment with our Pearl Specialist and Designer, Chrissie Douglas and begin to create bespoke show stopping jewellery.

‘You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.’ – Coco Chanel
…just choose to wear PEARLS!

The Accessory of Desire

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Every season the fashionistas are on the prowl for “the” NEW look.
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter…the cycle never ends!
But what if I was to tell you that there is an accessory that will always fit the trend….
PEARLS

Year after year, century after century, pearls have always retained their popularity.

Pearls are a mainstay and immune to the vagaries of fashion’ – Chrissie Douglas
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In Roman times the popularity of pearls became such a problem that Caesar was petitioned to decree that only women of the highest rank should be allowed to wear them.

More recent celebrities who love pearls are, Olivia Palermo, seen here wearing her Tahitian pearl studs to the 31st Annual Fashion Group International Night of Stars in New York, Rihanna, spotted a few days ago wearing her pearl earrings, and Michelle Obama, who is hardly ever seen without her classic pearl necklaces and earrings.

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More of a rebel like Sam Fox? If so then our pearls with attitude Autumn/Winter collection ‘Caramel and Spice’ was made for you!

Reflecting the rich autumnal colours and the rugged distressed look of nature, this collection combines metallic coloured Tahitian pearls and peacock black Freshwater pearls with the warm hues of golden Amber and distressed leather.

Made up of pearl necklaces, pearl earrings and pearl cuffs there is something for everyone.

To view more of our pearl collections call into our London Pearl showroom located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX.
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Is it a Bird? a Plane?..no just another hat at Ascot!

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Every year the hats seem to get bigger, brighter and Bolder!
The past week has provided nonstop entertainment as we gazed upon the Royal Ascot fashions. Some stunning outfits, others….eye-opening! Below are our top 3 favorites.

Firstly we have to start with The Queen, for where would Royal Ascot be without Royalty!
Ascot The Queen2Above you can see the 4 outfits The Queen has worn so far at Ascot.
Notice the Pearls?! Our Pearl Team did!
At every occasion The Queen’s stunning pearl necklace and pearl earrings are present, taking a back seat while enhancing The Queen’s look.

Ascot Amanda HoldingThe second style that caught our eye was seen on Amanda Holden.
We loved the 1920s touch to her outfit, with the large coral coloured flower detail.

One thing this outfit does lack is some pearls. Perhaps some classic large pearl studs peeping though, or a long freshwater pearl necklace?

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Now it would be a crime not to mention this lady!

Ms Rose went to town with her hat creation. Twice the width of her and a third of her height… this hat difies gravity!

Perfectly matching her dress and exceptionally long nails this hat was the largest we have seen all week.
The perfect hat if you want to get noticed and obstruct the spectators view of the racing!
Warning, do not wear this hat if it is windy!

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Do you have an event coming up? Maybe Wimbledon, Henley or a Wedding?
Need help planning your outfit?
Whether you are going for a detailed or plain dress, pearls are an easy option when accessorizing.
Timeless, elegant, a symbol of beauty, wisdom, purity and wealth… who wouldn’t want to radiate that!
Here are the essential pearl ingredients for your look.

The classic pearl necklace. Long or short it is, FWMed Prl NEas Lucia van der Post puts it ‘…the all-time classic.’
Here at Coleman Douglas Pearls we have a wide range of classic pearl strand necklaces coming in various different lengths and pearl sizes. Call into our Pearl Showroom, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX, to see the full collection.
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Pearl stud earrings … always appropriate.
Olympians – Lizzy Yarnold, actresses – Lupita Nyong’o, and Pop stars – Rihanna, all wear them.
Freshwater Pearl studs, Akoya Pearl studs, Tahitian Pearl studs and South Sea Pearl studs.
Take your pick!

‘You can’t ever go wrong with pearls. Perhaps pearls are a girl’s best friend after all.’ – Ki Hackney

 

They Know The Secret…Do You?

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The word on the street … Pearls!
Pearl necklaces, pearl earrings, pearl bracelets…just look how many pearl strands Sarah Jessica Parker is wearing!

Pearls have always been highly desired throughout history. Evidence of this can be seen as far back as 55BC when Julius Caesar’s love of pearls was a contributing factor to his invasion of England!

The Mail Online as well as The Daily Telegraph pointed out that pearl lovers are becoming younger and younger with fashion conscious celebrities, such as Rihanna, Cara Delvingne, Jessie J, Rita Ora and Ashley Olsen all becoming pearl’o’holics.
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But why? What is it about them that makes them so desirable?
Firstly, and some might say obviously, they are the all time timeless classic gem, the ideal accessory to wear to everything, with everything.

‘Pearls are the secret weapon when wanting to look elegantly understated.’ – Chrissie Douglas

573.beauty secret of pearlsSecondly, and some might say more importantly, they enhance their wearers natural beauty! …the ultimate beauty secret! Set the lotions and potions down and layer on the pearls!

How do they do this? As light touches a pearl it is refracted through all the layers of nacre before being reflected back out onto the face above, giving a soft glow/up light. This is why it is so important to look for good pearl luster when purchasing pearls as poor or lack luster pearls will only look dull and heavy next to your face….no one wants that!

‘I love the fact that the pearl lustre makes their wearer automatically look radiant. I also love the fact that pearls always take a back seat never outshining their owner and always enhancing her’ – Chrissie Douglas
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I need to point out a word of warning…not everything you read in the newspapers is 100% accurate…
In the Mail Online they say that cultured pearls ‘…are the result of a piece of mantle tissue from a shell being transplanted into another shell.’
What they neglected to say is that this is only true of cultured Freshwater Pearls. For cultured Akoya, Tahitian and South Sea Pearls the technician also needs to insert a bead as well as the ‘…piece of mantle tissue’ to start the pearl making process.

EA1851 WHNeeding some ‘Pearl Power’ beauty in your life? Head to our Pearl Showroom where a member of our Pearl Team will help you find the perfect pearls to enhance your look.

‘Fashion changes, but style endures.’ – Coco Chanel

Easter Eggs…..Easter Pearls

easter egg winsow‘A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips’ – a saying that haunts us every time we reach for another bite of that delicious, mouth watering chocolate Egg!
This year instead of purchasing chocolate eggs that will, let’s be honest not last more than a day, choose pearls that will last forever!
Take a look at our new window display, full of stunning pearl necklaces, pearl bracelets, pearl earrings and pearl accessories to inspire you this Easter.

Pearls have been highly desired since the beginning of civilisation, with their history full of symbolism and romance.
With style leaders throughout time, such as Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, Coco Chanel, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Anna Wintor, Duchess of Cambridge and Rihanna, favouring them.

Pearl Family 4If you fancy joining the women above then take a gander at our Easter Pearl Gift selection.

No young girl should be without her freshwater pearl and brightly coloured ribbon spacer.
Available in a wide variety of ribbon colours, that range from light pastel to deep richly coloured ribbon.

The pearl spacers can be worn in a variety of different ways, as a necklace, bracelet or hair-band.

How about an elegant pair of pink EASTER pink studsfreshwater pearl studs?
These timeless classic studs come in white, grey, copper and peacock black. Easy to dress up and down, these earrings will become an all time essential ingredient to getting dressed.

cu1261 BRIDEFor the men of the household we have some smart sterling silver ‘Figure of Eight’ pearl cufflinks, with a white and peacock black freshwater pearl in each cup.

If you would like to see more of our Easter Pearl Collection call into our Pearl Showroom, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX.

Celebrities and their Mums

Mothers Day familyPearls ARE for everyone!…Fact!
Pearl jewellery comes in a wide range of designs, from the timeless classic pearl studs to trendy tahitian pearl and leather cuffs.

‘My relationship with jewellery all started with my grandmother’s pearls. She had fabulous pearl necklaces and pearl earrings and I thought they were super cool and very chic.’ – Miranda Kerr, Supermodel
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There are many Mother Daughter duos that love wearing pearls even if their styles are very different, and you can’t get more opposite then Rihanna and her Mum!

Pictured here, Rihanna is wearing a multi-strand pearl choker with pearl rimmed sunglasses and an extra large pearl drop earring.
Quite a pearl statement!
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To present her daughter with the Icon Award at the American Music Awards, Rihanna’s Mum opts for the timeless classic pearl style to accompany her outfit. Keeping her accessories down to a minimum she chose to wear a pair of diamond and pearl drop earrings.

Want their look for you and your mum?
Call into our Pearl Showroom where we have a wide range of pearl jewellery perfect for everyone and every occasion.

Our second Mother Michelle ObamaDaughter duo is Michelle Obama and her eldest daughter, Malia.

In most images of Michelle she is wearing a large single strand pearl necklace. However as you can see from this picture the single pearl strand necklace was left at home in favour of this extra large multi-strand pearl necklace with equally large pearl stud earrings.

Lady Sarah Churchill famously said, ‘My pearls are my security blanket’, and it seems that statement might also be true of Michelle’s pearls!

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Malia Obama has a subtler pearl style. Seen here with her father she opts for delicate pearl studs to accompany her white summer dress, enhancing her feminine, playful style.

It seems no matter what your job is, Global Pop star or First Lady, Pearls are always suitable.

We at Coleman Douglas Pearls would like to wish all the Mummy’s out there a Very Happy Mother’s Day.

Only 7 days to go!

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Have you seen our NEW front window?!
It’s a waterfall of PEARLS!
From classic pearl studs to a multi-strand freshwater pearl lariat, our Coleman Douglas Pearl display has a look for everyone…including everyone’s favourite girl ! and with only 7 days left till Mother’s Day you better put your gift thinking cap on!

Whether you are shopping for a Mummy-To-Be, Mother, or Super Gran, we have the perfect pearl gift to suit.

Mothers Day right window‘A girls needs ropes and ropes of pearls.’ – Coco Chanel

For the Mummy-To-Be spoil her with a “bang on trend” eye-catching Freshwater Pearl lariat.
With over 9 different ways of wearing it, and featured in the Chanel Autumn/Winter 2014 fashion show, it is a ‘must have’!
To complete the look our Freshwater Pearl studs, similar to the ones Lizzy Yarnold wore at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Mothers Day left window‘I choose pearls on screen and off.’ – Grace Kelly

For your Mother…easy, a long Freshwater Pearl necklace.
Let her join celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Rihanna wearing a timeless classic long pearl strand.

To accompany the necklace are our large Freshwater Pearl studs. The perfect finishing touch to every outfit, day and night!

‘Pearl aficionados are never trashy, 599.Akoya NEthey are gentler by nature and adept at appreciating the subtler joys and humour of life. – Chrissie Douglas

For Super Gran…a timeless classic double strand Freshwater Pearl necklace. Elegance personified!
Check out The Queen and her multi-strand pearl necklace if you have doubts!
More of a bracelet girl? Then how about our triple strand Freshwater Pearl bracelet.

To see more of our pearl jewellery join us at our Pearl Showroom, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX.

Inner and Outer well being.

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Still trying to decide what to give your family and friends this Christmas?
Here at Coleman Douglas Pearls we have pearl jewellery suitable for everyone, no matter what the age.
Pearl cufflinks for the men.
Pearl necklaces for the ladies.
Pearl earrings for the girls.
Pearl bracelets for the friends.
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Pearls are the oldest gem known to man, being wore by men and women alike. Symbolising purity, wisdom, beauty and wealth, they are the perfect present to give and receive.

Many style leaders throughout time have favored pearls. From Royals, such as Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth I, Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge, to Coco Chanel, Marilyn Monroe, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Angelina Jolie. Showing that whatever your style is, pearls are always suitable.
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But why are pearls so popular?
The main beauty of pearls lies in the fact that they enhance the beauty of their wearer.

How does this happen?
It is all down to light. Light gets refracted into the pearls and then reflected back out onto the wearer, giving him or her a soft delicate uplift of light.
This beauty secret has been recognised since the beginning of civilisation with world leaders doing pretty much anything, even murder, to get there hands on pearls.

Our Pearl Showroom, Coleman Douglas Pearlslocated at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX, is full of stunning pearl jewellery collections ready to be purchased, allowing you the opportunity to own beautiful pearls without having to murder someone!

There is still time to take advantage of our Bespoke service before Christmas. Make an appointment with our Designer and Pearl Specialist, Chrissie Douglas, and make your dream jewellery a reality.

We now know how to look fabulous on the outside but how can we feel good on the inside?
The Capital
Located just round the corner from us is The Capital, a lovely 5 star family owned Hotel that serve one of the best Christmas teas in London!
The scrumptious sandwiches, homemade pastries, scones and delicious jams, all made by their Pastry Chef, are truly divine!

So if you are looking for The Christmas Tea in London, then pop over to The Capital, located at 22 Basil Street, London, SW3 1AT.

We hope you have a delicious Christmas inside and out this year!