Procuring Pearls

Procuring Pearls

Did you know that since the time of the Chinese emperors, freshwater pearls have been treasured for both their beauty and their rarity? 

For over 30 years Coleman Douglas Pearls has been committed to providing our clients with masterfully created pearl jewellery. Beautiful jewellery starts with the perfect pearl, and our lead designer and founder (Chrissie) sources pearls from across the world, creating timeless pieces that are fun, unique and original. The sourcing and procurement of our pearls is fundamental to our business - it is the first step in the creation of our unique designs.

Sourcing Pearls

When sourcing our pearls we consider the importance of colour, shape, size and quality - ensuring each pearl is hand-selected for its unique qualities and meets our exceptionally high quality standards. The natural beauty and slight imperfections within each pearl makes them truly distinctive and individual. Coleman Douglas Pearls prides itself in ensuring our pearls are ethically sourced, ensuring production does not cause ecological harm and confirming the fair treatment of our pearl farmers. Once the pearls have “passed the test”, they are sent to our atelier where they are sorted according to their shape and colour by our in-house team, ready to be used in our handcrafted jewellery. 

Location, location

Pearl FarmDepending on the type of pearl used, the location and origin will vary.  We source pearls from farms in French Polynesia, Indonesia, Australia, Mexico and China. We have worked with our freshwater pearl farmers for over 25 years. Freshwater pearls are mainly cultured in small family holdings, these families work together in cooperatives. The majority of freshwater pearls are produced in family-owned flooded paddy fields, or lakes; they are produced in the provinces of Zhejiang and Hubei. 

Rarity

Freshwater pearl sourcingWhilst cultured freshwater pearls are the most common type of pearl on the market, the standard we use are difficult to find. The rarity of a pearl is determined by its quality of lustre, the colour it possesses and the uniformity of its shape. Coleman Douglas Pearls only uses freshwater pearls that are dazzling in their rich, bright luster; excellent skin; and have depth to their colour, which when worn will literally “light-up” your face, enhancing your natural beauty.  

Design

Sourcing pearls and designing jewelleryOnce we have hand-selected each pearl we work them into wearable pieces of art - a Coleman Douglas Pearls design. Each handmade item is the result of hours of meticulous craftsmanship that combines modern technology with century’s old techniques. To celebrate the sourcing of our freshwater pearls we have chosen five pieces of freshwater pearl jewellery that celebrate the freshwater pearl in all its glory. 

CLICK HERE TO BUY FRESHWATER PEARL STUDS

Freshwater Pearl Studs on Silver Posts in WhitePerfect for dressing up or down, our classic pearl stud earrings in white feature luscious freshwater pearls and are set on sterling silver posts. These must have earrings make the perfect accessory for any outfit and are finished with our CDP hallmark. 

CLICK HERE TO BUY A SINGLE STRAND FRESHWATER PEARL NECKLACE

Single Strand Freshwater Pearl medium Necklace The Single Stand medium necklace is a timeless design of pearl jewellery. Carefully, hand-selected freshwater pearls make this necklace a stand out item that celebrates the natural beauty of the pearls. Bound with our sterling silver ball clasp, this elegant addition to the jewellery box is one that you will never want to take off. 

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Freshwater Pearl Drop Necklace in PinkA single pink pearl captures the imagination in our dainty drop necklace. A minimalist twist on a classic drop necklace, this fun and informal accessory adds colour and originality to any outfit.

CLICK HERE TO BUY A 3 STRAND FRESHWATER PEARL BRACELET

3 Strand Cultured Freshwater Biwa Pink Pearl Bracelet A luxurious statement design, the perfectly pink orbs elegantly form an eye-catching bracelet that captures the beauty of the pearls and the wearer. The tasteful accessory is finished with our signature cultured pearl clasp.  

CLICK HERE TO BUY FRESHWATER BAROQUE PEARL DROPS

Freshwater Baroque Shape Pearl Optional Drops on white Pearl Stud in sterling silver Sterling silver enhances the natural lustre and soft creamy colours of the baroque freshwater pearls in our unique twist on classic pearl earrings. The perfect accompaniment to any formal outfit, these wonderful earrings suggest a unique elegance and playfulness,