The Tahitian Pearl

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Tahitian Pearls, also known as Black South Sea pearls are cultivated in French Polynesia, the Cook and Micronesian Islands. After the White South Sea Pearl, Tahitian pearls are considered to be the second most valuable commercially farmed pearls in the world.


The Black South Sea pearl is produced by the saltwater black lipped oyster. This rare wild oyster can grow up to 30 centimetres or more in diameter. All export quality Tahitian pearls must have a minimum nacre thickness of 0.8mm. Like the White South Sea Pearls, only one pearl is grown per oyster therefore the Black South Sea Pearl commands a high price.

Black South Sea pearls occur naturally in an amazing array of colours from light grey to deep black with varying overtones of peacock, green, blue, and aubergine. Black pearls are extremely rare and should never  be confused with artificially coloured pearls. The Black lipped oyster has a rainbow like mantle which exhibits many natural colours. Due to the vast colour range, matching these pearls into a finished strand is an enormous task requiring thousands of loose pearls to create a single strand!

Only 5% of Black South Sea pearls produced have a perfectly spherical shape. There are five basic shapes produced.... Perfectly round, near round (very slightly imperfect shape), drop (teardrop, oval, egg shaped, button), baroque (irregular or free formed in shape), circle (parallel bands or rings around the pearl circumference)

Black South Sea pearls start at 7.0mm diameter and average between 9.0mm and 14.0mm. Pearls over 16.0mm in size are considered to be very rare.

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