Coleman Douglas Pearls London was founded by Chrissie Douglas a pearl specialist, designer and driving force behind this vibrant international pearl jewellery brand. Her current headquarters are in Knightsbridge, at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX. Her showroom specializes in Natural and Cultured pearls and combines individual designs, a pearl treasury and a private consultation area where many bespoke items are carefully designed and crafted by the Coleman Douglas Pearls team to suit their owner.
Chrissie Douglas was born in Mexico and grew up in a family of artists; her ancestors include the pearl specialist and owner of A&J Smith Jewellers in Aberdeen. In 1989, Chrissie, whilst pregnant, began experimenting with jewellery design. By 1994 Lucia Van der Post crowned her the ‘Pearl Queen’ in the Financial Times ‘How to Spend It’ magazine. She soon began making bespoke jewellery and wholesaling her designs globally especially to Japan, the USA and the UK.
Christianne is acknowledged as a leading authority in the field of pearls; her designs are on permanent exhibition at the Earth Treasury section of the Natural History Museum in London, and Coleman Douglas Pearl designs were part of the Natural History Museum of New York’s world touring “Pearls” exhibition. She was also a named designer for “Iridesse founded by Tiffany & Co”.
Chrissie’s aim has always been to offer an investment in style and value by utilising her expert pearl knowledge coupled with an excellent network of suppliers. Her innovative and fresh use of pearls with semi-precious stones and other more unusual materials like leather, silk gauze, wood and felt enable her to create four ranges - Classic, Bridal, Warrior, and Fine Jewellery alongside unique pieces made as a design bespoke service. Coleman Douglas Pearls has a private customer base and a handpicked range of retail stockists internationally -high end jewellers, bespoke boutiques and specialized department stores.
Coleman Douglas Pearls was commissioned by Perles de Tahiti to create three distinctly different pearl jewelry collections that would defy the conventional concept of “the Twin Set and Pearls look” some of these designs worked on the Warrior Pearls theme. These designs were chosen by Harley-Davidson motorcycles in London to celebrate their 100 anniversary at a celebrity studded party. Chrissie also created a dramatic torso cover in South Sea Pearls for the “White Magic” South Sea Pearls Consortium exhibition.
Coleman Douglas Pearls was extensively featured in Woody Allen’s film “Match Point”, more recent films are “The Debt” with Helen Mirren and “Chalet Girl” with Brooke Shields, Coleman Douglas Pearls designs are seen on Patricia Hodge the on screen mother of the romantic comedy “Miranda” and the detective series of “Lewis”. Clients include royalty, state figureheads, other designers and media celebrities like Kristen Scott Thomas, Jerry Hall, Grace Jones, Julie Walters, Halle Berry, Flora Montgomery, Bette Midler, Anna Chancellor, Helen Mirren, Romola Garai, Rachel Hunter and Amelia Fox, Hannah Sandling, Santa Sebag Montefiore and Nicola Benedetti.
Coleman Douglas Pearls won a double design award at the Perles de Tahiti UK design competition following a three year winning streak at the Tahitian Pearl Design awards in the UK, a double award at the US Perles de Tahiti Award and the UK Jewellery Awards.
Christianne has shared her passion for pearls with audiences for the V&A Education program, several educational presentations for Young Presidents' Organization audiences around the world, the Gemmogical Association in London and the Gemmological Institute of America, alongside special edition events at Relais and Chateaux venues.
Princess Anne visited the Coleman Douglas Pearls showroom in her capacity as Patron of UK Fashion Exports in recognition of the innovative way in which pearls had been promoted by Chrissie Douglas. While Coleman Douglas Pearls designs are regularly featured in fashion magazines globally, Chrissie’s designs still retain that essential element of moving with the times; challenging the perceptions of pearls as antiquated and out-dated with a selection of cutting-edge collections which are found throughout the Coleman Douglas Pearls design ranges and bespoke service designs. Our aim has always been to offer an investment in style and value by utilising our expert pearl knowledge coupled with an excellent network of suppliers.