” A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” Washington Irving
As Mother’s day is almost upon us, Coleman Douglas Pearls thought that you might need a few new tricks up your sleeve to spoil “The Best Mum in the World”!
Start the day in Beauchamp Place, London with a trip to the fantastic Christina’s nail salon. Located at 50 Beauchamp Place, you can treat mum to a wonderful manicure, pedicure or both! And seeing as you will be accompanying her you may like to book yourself a little something whilst you’re there – take a look at their full range of treatments here.
After you have both been pampered why not change things around this year and let your mother pick out her own special gift at Coleman Douglas Pearls. We are located just a few doors down at 42 Beauchamp Place and have a large selection of pearl jewellery for you to browse through.
In the week leading up to the big day we will also be offering a glass of champagne for all Mother’s Day purchases!
After selecting your mothers gift (and maybe a little something for yourself, you deserve a treat too!) why not head over to The Capital Hotel for afternoon tea. This mother’s day they have a St Piran’s (the patron Saint of Cornwall) themed afternoon tea for you to enjoy. Have a really good catch up over their delicious selection of savouries and sweets. From egg and cress and ham and mustard sandwiches to smoked salmon crumpets and Cornish pasties, Victoria sponge to blackberry bakewell tart, and lets not forget the all important scone! The menu looks delicious and the setting is impeccable – you can’t go wrong!
Now that we have done all the planning for you, you can sit back and relax that everything is in hand. Or feel free to pop by and see our pearls before the big day!
We are open 11am-7pm Monday -Saturday and will be more than willing to help you find that special something, just look how happy our youngest client was when he purchased his Mother’s Day gift!
Finally we have got through the summer and September is here with all her delicious oyster goodness!
But before you dive into the oysters let our Pearl Company share a pearl of wisdom with you.
Only eat oysters in months containing the letter ‘R’ in their names. For example September, October, November etc.
…It would be wise to follow this nugget of golden information!
Did you know that the oysters you eat are completely different to the oysters that create cultured pearls?
The oysters that create cultured pearls are far more chewy than the succulent ones served in restaurants.
Fancy an Oyster and Pearl extravaganza?
If you roam over to Knightsbridge your wish can come true with the delicious sea food restaurant Outlaws at The Capital located on Basil Street and our Pearl Center located 3 minutes down the road on Beauchamp Place.
But which type of cultured oyster pearl do you choose? Akoya Pearls, Tahitian Pearls or South Sea Pearls?
To reflect the Indian Summer (we hope to have) let’s look at the naturally golden coloured South Sea Pearls.
Produced in gold lipped oysters that inhabit the waters of the Philippines, Indonesia and Burma, the pearls are usually 9-16mm in diameter.
Join us at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX, where our Pearl Team will help you find the perfect South Sea Pearl shade to suit you. From necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, tie pins… the world is your oyster (excuse the pun!)
‘All art is autobiographical. The pearl is an oyster’s autobiography.’ – Federico Fellini
There is a distinct Oriental theme cruising around Knightsbridge, London.
Tuk-tuks (motorised rickshaw) and Freshwater Pearls…they are everywhere!
Our Pearl Team happened to be walking down Basil Street the other day when The Capital Tuk-Tuk cruised by. Freshly decorated to raise money for the ‘Elephant Family’ Foundation, the tuk-tuk will be giving lifts to The Capital clients, before being raced by a celebrity across India.
The other ‘oriental’ theme this week was Freshwater Pearls, and as it is The Pearl Month, our Pearl Company thought we would share our knowledge on this ‘pearl family’.
The first point to know about cultured Freshwater Pearls is that they are created by mussels, which can make around 70-100 pearls in their lifetime!
Unlike cultured oyster pearls, freshwater pearls do not have a bead as a nucleus. The pearl production of nacre is triggered by the insertion of a piece of mantle tissue that contains epithelial cells from a donor mussel; the graft forms a pearl sac which in turn starts the nacre production, which slowly produces a beautiful freshwater pearl.
When it comes to the size of a freshwater pearl, this is purely determined by the amount of time that the pearl has spent in the water; the longer they stay in the water the bigger the pearl will become.
Freshwater pearls come in 2 natural colours, white and pink. To achieve dove grey and peacock black freshwater pearl colours, the technician treats the pearls, in a similar process to developing an old fashioned photograph. You can find freshwater pearls in copper, bright green and yellow, these pearls will have been dyed.
Fancy some freshwater pearls of your own? Call into our Pearl Showroom, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX, to discover a treasure trove of freshwater pearl jewellery.
Need another incentive to visit?…thought not!