“Save on the Botox and give yourself a natural facelift with a set of pearls”, wise words from the queen of pearls Chrissie Douglas, and just one of the pearls of wisdom she imparted during an intimate presentation to a small group on the subject at her shop, Coleman Douglas Pearls.
Last week I was fortunate enough to join said group at Coleman Douglas Pearls in Beauchamp Place, where Chrissie shared her vast knowledge on the subject with us.
The talk started with a brief insight into Chrissie’s upbringing in Mexico, which she described as being full of colour and a direct influence on her work, and also her foray into the world of pearls, when the then predominantly male industry took her under their wing to show her the ropes.
The talk involved a master class on how pearls are formed and where they come from, and the key features to look out for when buying pearls: shape, purity and lustre. Chrissie told us if possible, always take a pearl with you to compare, decide on length that suits your body type, and the colour that suits your complexion. This was of course punctuated by the guests trying on necklaces, and matching pearls to their skin tones. Chrissie told us: “When you put the right pearls on a girl, it’s like switching the lights on.” And it was surprising how true this was watching the guests find the right set.
We were shown a collection of different specimens, including South Sea, Tahitian, Mabe, Akoya and freshwater, and also a set of exquisite natural pearls. We also learnt that pearls are a by-product of the button industry, when all buttons were made from mother of pearl before the introduction of plastic, and that the industry is currently pushing for pearls to become certifiable, in the same way diamonds are now certified.
Chrissie imparted a wealth of knowledge onto the guests, and she really is the pearlaholic she describes herself as. One thing was clear, if you want to come and buy a set of pearls from someone full of passion and knowledge on the subject, then you should pay a visit to Coleman Douglas Pearls for a master-class of your very own.