Queen Victoria and Royal Jewels

Victoria itvWe have been struck with Royal fever here at Coleman Douglas Pearls as we are absolutely hooked on ITV’s new period drama Victoria! Apparently it is not far from the truth with Victoria’s diaries being used heavily in the research to the show. And oh the jewelleryPearls galore on top of stunning pieces still in existence today!

Below is a brief introduction to a couple of our favourite Victorian jewels.

_GeorgeIVStateDiademUp first is the George IV State Diadem made in 1820 originally for King George IV himself! The diadem features a set of 4 crosses pattée alternating with 4 bouquets of roses, thistles, and shamrocks. The motifs are set on a band of diamond scrollwork between two bands of pearls.
The front cross is set with a 4 carat yellow diamond, and the piece features an incredible 1,333 diamonds in all. This diadem was a firm favourite of Victoria’s and she even wore it to the christening of two of her children! It is also popular with our current Queen who reserves it for state occasions and to and from the opening of parliament.

queen in pearlsNext is Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Necklace given to her in 1887 by a committee of ladies who were raising money for a commemorative statue of Victoria’s late husband Prince Albert. Having raised far more than was needed for the statue it was agreed that the excess money was to go to the St. Katherine’s Fund for Nurses and for a necklace to be made for Victoria. However, some of the committee did not think that the money should be spent on a necklace. With the group divided and Victoria apparently fuming that she would not get her necklace this was the £5000 compromise reached!
Made from gold, diamonds and pearls it features a central quatrefoil diamond motif with a large central pearl, topped by a crown and underlined with a drop pearl. Ever practical this necklace is a multi tasking piece with the central piece and the six largest trefoils can be worn as brooches. Again this necklace has found a fan with Queen Elizabeth II who often pairs it with the Grand Duchess Vladimir’s Tiara with pearls.

So now you know a bit about the jewellery…which is your favourite piece?!

The Queen turns 90 (again)!

The Queen 90With the Queen’s Official Birthday celebrations just around the corner, all of us here at Coleman Douglas Pearls want wish the Queen a very Happy Birthday (again)! This did get us all thinking however, what do you get the girl who has it all?! Over the years the queen has received a wide variety of gifts from the very generous to the bizarre.

Kate weddingOne of the more significant presents that the Queen received was the Cartier Halo Tiara – the same tiara that The Duchess of Cambridge wore on her wedding day. It is gorgeous and has a lovely family history to go with it. Three weeks before he was to become King, the then Duke of York went to Garrard to buy his wife a tiara (as you do). After the surprise abdication of his brother, the Duke of York became George VI. A few years later he and his wife Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother gifted that very tiara to our current Queen on her 18th birthday after which she wore it often.

queens horseAnother treasured gift came in a slightly more unusual form – Burmese the horse! As the Queen is well known for her love of horses, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police gave her Burmese as a present which was ridden by Her Majesty at the Trooping of the Colour from 1969 to 1986. As well as horses the queen has also received beavers, sloths and even an elephant.

When it emerged that after struggling to think of a present, the Duchess of Cambridge made The Queen some homemade chutney for Christmas, we put together some slightly more glamorous birthday ideas for the Queen in your life. We all know the Queen loves her pearl earrings and these South Sea pearls would put a smile on any girls face. You can never go wrong with a classic strand of pearls, and this tiara would make any little princess’s day!


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Aquamarine – The feel good stone

What better way to celebrate that Spring is here than checking out the gorgeous blues of aquamarine, a firm favorite of one of our Pearl Team here at Coleman Douglas Pearls.

Aquamarine is the birthstone of March and is said to bring the wearer good feelings and lasting relationships. It is the blue member of the Beryl family that also includes Emerald which is the green variety.

NE1753 lowThe name aquamarine comes from the Latin “aqua marina” meaning water of the sea. Aquamarines’ blue colour comes from iron impurities within a colourless beryl crystal (goshenite).  Unlike their emerald counterparts, aquamarines are often totally free from impurities and have excellent transparency and clarity. In maritime legend, aquamarine was said to have come from mermaid treasure chests and is therefore considered a lucky stone for sailors. In ancient times sailors were given aquamarines to ensure a safe passage on their voyages and also to ward off sea-sickness.

Aquamarines are one of the Queens favorite stones and she is especially fond of her  Brazilian Aquamarine Parure Tiara. The set was a gift from the Brazilian prime minister on behalf of his country upon the Queen’s coronation in 1953. It is rumored to have taken over a year to match the exquisitely coloured stones and upon seeing how much the Queen enjoyed them the government continued to source matching stones. In 1958 the Brazilian government had collected enough to present the Queen with a second gift of a large brooch and bracelet to add to her set which she still wears today.

RING treat tuesdayWe have numerous designs here at our Beauchamp Place London showroom incorporating aquamarine and pearls. If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, do not hesitate to contact us, so that we may create your own bespoke design. We also offer other services such as ear piercing and personal shopping to help you find the perfect gift.

The Pearl Queen

‘The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens’.
WIDE ss rowThis last Wednesday markedQueen and Prince the historic moment when Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch, overtaking her great great granny, Queen Victoria.
One photo that swept the national newspapers was the one on the right, where Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth are recreating a photograph that was taken at the beginning of her reign.
…check out her pearls

Queen and Prince 2A keen ‘pearl’o’holic’ from the start, Queen Elizabeth has clearly passed her passion on to her daughter Princess Anne, who when visiting our Pearl Company, wearing a pair of stunning pearl drop earrings, mentioned how she ‘…loved playing with granny’s pearls’ when she was younger.

Do you desire pearl jewellery like the Queen’s? If so then this blog was designed for YOU!

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Whether the Queen is going to a state dinner or out walking her corgis, she is always wearing her diamond and pearl studs.
The perfect accessory for dressing up or down, our South Sea Pearl and diamond stud earring set on 18ct white gold are almost an identical match.

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The Necklace
On the Queen’s wedding day her father gave her a double strand natural pearl necklace.
Make an appointment with our Pearl Team to find your Freshwater, Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian or Natural pearl necklace today.

To see more of our pearls call into our London Pearl showroom, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX.

The Hollywood Buzz!

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There has been a buzz of excitement in Hollywood that has got everyone talking.
Firstly the newly released photographs of The Clooney’s wedding, and then Angelina Jolie becoming a Dame…what more do you need!

The Clooney’s wedding was always going to be a ‘who’s who’ of the Celebrity world, so that main question on everyone’s lips was ‘What will Amal’s wedding dress be like?’

Pearls, pearls and yet more pearls!
They were everywhere.
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From stunning diamond and pearl drop earrings to a pearl embroidered Oscar de la Renta gown. The look was breathtaking.
The soft and gentle lustre of the pearls married (excuse the pun!) beautifully with the delicate couture lace, giving the traditional style dress a modern twist.
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While flicking through the images of Amal in her gown, it reminded me of Jackie O’s wedding dress.
Like Amal, Jackie’s dress was off the shoulder with a delicate lace vale cascading down the back.

A keen pearl girl who was famous for saying, ‘Pearls are always appropriate’, Jackie chose a simple, elegant single strand pearl necklace to accompany her gown.565.Torso Image

Do you have a wedding coming up? If so Beauchamp Place is that place for you.

Our pearl showroom, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX, is full of stunning pearl jewellery perfect for the whole wedding party, and with Suzanne Neville only a few doors away from us…it just makes sense!

clooney wedding5Now no Hollywood pearl blog would be complete without mentioning Dame Angelina Jolie.
Not only did she wear pearls for her own wedding, but also to Buckingham Palace where she was presented with the Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George by The Queen.

Needless to say there were a lot of fantastic pearls on show between Jolie and The Queen… A pearl paradise!

Is it a Bird? a Plane?..no just another hat at Ascot!

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?

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


Royals, Pearls, Football and Father’s Day…Are you ready?!

Get the i-Planner at the ready for we are about to tell you the hottest events happening this weekend!
For the ladies…a Royal Party followed by a period drama film, ‘Belle’.
For the men…the World Cup and Father’s Day!
For everyone…SUNSHINE!Trooping the Colour

If you have been anywhere around Hyde Park or Horse Guards Parade recently then you will have seen a continuous stream of soldiers on and off horseback practicing several impressive choreographed mass-marching maneuvers.

What’s it all in aid of?
The Queen’s Birthday…Trooping The Colour.

trooping the colour 2We are in for a magnificent array of spectacular pearl jewellery on several members of the royal family, with The Queen wearing her double pearl strand necklace and pearl studs, The Duchess of Cornwall wearing her multistrand pearl choker and The Duchess of Cambridge wearing pearl drops.

If you would like to see the parade but didn’t manage to purchase a ticket, then I recommend going to St James’s Park where you will be able to see the troops and royal family go by as well as hearing the military bands.

BelleNeed shelter from the sun? Pop into cineworld and watch the new period drama film ‘Belle‘. Based on the inspiring true story of Dido Belle, the only mixed-race aristocrat in 1700s London.
The film follows the life of Belle, will she be able to marry the man of her dreams? and which way will her great uncle, the nation’s top judge Lord Mansfield, rule in a case that will have implications for whether slaves are considered as cargo or human beings.
Throughout the film our Heroine, as well as several other characters, is seen wearing her pearl necklace and pearl earrings.

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Desire your own pearl jewellery?

Call into our Pearl Showroom, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX, where a member of our Pearl Team will help you discover the pearls of your dreams.

The World Cup…England is playing tonight against Italy…You might want to stay away from your local if wanting a quiet drink!

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If you have just remembered this do not panic. Our Pearl Showroom is open till 7pm tonight so there is still time to buy him a gift.
Perhaps a pair of our Pearl Cufflinks?
For more Father’s Day gift suggestions check out our Pearls For Men collection.

However you decide to fill your weekend we suggest lathering on the sun cream…no one likes a lobster face!

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.

BAFTA + our Pearls = WINNER

pearls The DebtLast weekend we saw Helen Mirren win the BAFTA Fellowship award for her lifetime achievement in film, the highest honour the Academy can bestow.
Having played many contrasting roles, such as Queen Elizabeth II in ‘The Queen’, to a Mossad agent in ‘The Debt’, where Mirren is on a secret mission to capture and kill a notorious Nazi war criminal.
If you, like us saw ‘The Debt’ then you will have seen a beautiful selection of Coleman Douglas Pearls jewellery gracing the leading lady.

As you can see in the screen The Debtshot on the right, one of our South Sea Pearl strand necklaces was featured.
If you would like to join Mirren in wearing stunning lustrous South Sea Pearls, then join us at our Pearl Showroom where we will find the perfect pearls to suit you.

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Throughout the film Helen Mirren wears our grey Freshwater Pearl studs with detachable dove grey Tahitian Pearl drops.

At the beginning of the film we see Mirren wearing the earrings as drops, but as the pace of the film increases with her going back out to the ‘mission field’, she opts for the simple classic studs.

To see a wider selection of our pearl jewellery, or to take advantage of our Bespoke service, re-stringing and re-designing services come and join us at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX.

Designed & Made in England!

Coleman Douglas PearlsWhen you think of England what springs to mind? The Queen, red buses, Big Ben, …Pearls? …Coleman Douglas Pearls?!
All our pearl jewellery is designed and made in London at our Pearl Showroom. Come visit us and hear all about the inspiration behind each of our pearl necklaces, pearl bracelets and pearl earrings.

Did you know that you can still find stunning natural pearls in England? …Scotland to be specific!
The beauty of these natural pearls were well known in ancient times, with many historians claiming that it was these stunning pearls that contributed to Julius Caesar invading England.

If you look back iElizabeth I - Armada Portraitn history at the portraits of our Royal family, they show a feast of pearls adorning both the men and women alike.
Elizabeth I in particular was a ‘Pearl’a’holic’, stopping at nothing to attain more pearls.
As you can see from the Armada Portrait Elizabeth I is wearing pearl earrings, pearl necklaces, a pearl headdress and pearl encrusted clothing.

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Our current royal family shows that this pearl ‘trend’ is far from over, with Queen Elizabeth II, HRH The Princess Royal and The Duchess of Cambridge continuously being seen with pearls.

Queen Elizabeth II is always wearing her gorgeous multi-strand natural pearl necklace, accompanied by her beautiful large white pearl stud earrings with diamond detail, while HRH The Princess Royal visited Coleman Douglas Pearls where Chrissie Douglas, our Pearl Specialist and Designer, and her shared their love of pearls.Coleman Douglas Pearls

So will this pearl ‘trend’ ever end? No!
The reason pearls will never go out of fashion is because they enhance their wearer.
As light touches the pearl it passes through the multiple layers of nacre before before being reflected back out, giving a subtle, soft up-light onto the face above.

Pearls make one feel as if they are part and parcel of every day dressing sensibly. They are not solely glitzy adornments but ones which are accessible to everyone, and so they should be.’ – Jenny Kingsley

Coleman Douglas PearlsIf you would like to join these women in wearing pearls then come to Coleman Douglas Pearls, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX, where a member of our Pearl Team will help you find the perfect pearls to suit your lifestyle.
Whether your look is ‘Twin-Set and Pearl‘ or ‘High Fashion‘ we will find you the perfect pearls!