"Chrissie Coleman Douglas of Coleman Douglas Pearls celebrates her 30th anniversary with colour; appropriately, as it was her use of coloured pearls that disrupted the deeply traditional pearl market in 1989. This Christmas her celebratory collection called It’s a Long Story features double-drop pearl earrings (£199) and long strands, including a lariat (£714) of copper-coloured pearls with citrines, along with the brand’s signature, a crossover body ornament (£3,442)."
"First, I look at the skin under a client's wrist," explains pearl expert Chrissie Coleman Douglas, turning over my hand under the natural light shining into her Beauchamp place store, where I've come to have my skin tone matched with pearls. It's an intuitive science; she credits her artist parents with giving her a heightened sense of colour.
"I might twin a pearl with eye colour, or be influenced by a lip undertone or skin pigmentation," she continues, "but never hair colour, because that can change." Darker skin, she says, looks a million dollars against strong gold, whereas dark grey or warm pink is phenomenal with pale complexions - "but only if she has brown eyes ." She promises that when you place the right pearl next to your face, it's the equivalent of turning on the light in a room. Pearls, though, are not for jewellery show-offs. "The point isn't for the jewellery to stand out," Coleman Douglas tells me, "but to attract attention to the wearer's face." Carol Woolton from Vogue 2018 interview with Chrissie Douglas.
Our freshwater pearl bodychain has been featured in the Autumn Winter issue of On The Rocks
I’d start with a magnificent ring – a Jessica McCormack solitaire, perhaps, which could be turned into something more bling for special occasions with one of her clever “party jackets” – a jewelled surround that can be slotted around your everyday ring. Then an everyday watch that’s chic but not too pretty – perhaps Chanel’s classic J12. Add to the mix the simple stud, drop or hoop earrings from Swarovski or Kiki McDonough; longer earrings for the evening (SJ Phillips have some wonderful Georgian choices); a classic silver bracelet or Cartier’s Love bracelet; a pendant and chain necklace from Tiffany; a more showy evening necklace – for this I might choose costume jewellery, but Marni, Miu Miu and Vicki Sarge all have lovely pieces, or for a semi-precious option I’d visit John Lloyd Morgan or Pomegranate. And finally? I'd have to have some pearls -perhaps a little something from Coleman Douglas.
Even something as seemingly straightforward as pearls can present all kinds of interesting detours. “People take it for granted that pearls will cast a glow on their skins," says Chrissie Coleman Douglas, "and if you get them right, it’s true. They’re an instant facelift. But most people end up with the wrong shade of pearls.”
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Understanding Maeshori - Chrissie Douglas, owner and creative director of Coleman Douglas Pearls, explains about this pearl treatment and its limitations
Our South sea, Akoya and seed pearl lariat with diamond struts and Tourmaline accents has been featured in the most recent issue of the Centurion magazine.