Tahitian Pearls – The Black Beauties of the Ocean
The Colors of Tahitian Pearls
The natural color of Tahitian Pearls comes from that of the black lip oysters. Although the black pearls are the most common, these gems also come in color ranges from graphite to metallic silver. They feature overtones that are greenish, bluish, or purplish.
Tahitian Pearls are the only pearls that come in a full array of colors. That’s because the rainbow-like mantle of the black lip oyster has the ability to produce a “rainbow” of natural colored pearls. Such beautiful, darker colors give these gems a magical look as their surfaces shimmer and shine in the glistening light.
Tahitian Pearls Value
Because black-lip oysters can grow to be over a foot in diameter, they tend to produce pearls that are very large and, therefore, very valuable. These are very sensitive oysters, which makes their culturing process a hit and miss. As a result, Tahitian Pearls are rare and expensive to produce. Jewelry featuring these gemstones is generally high-end, making them perfect gifts for weddings, graduations, proms, special birthdays, anniversaries and more.
Pearl farmers aim for creating perfectly round Tahitian Pearls. Yet, less than 10% of the harvested cultured pearls are round. Baroque cultured Tahitian Pearls are some of the most valuable, sought-after gems in the world. Their unique shapes and striking beauty make for incredible jewelry pieces.
Tahitian Pearls Origin
Don’t let the name fool you. Although produced in French Polynesia, the gems aren’t actually from Tahiti itself. The two main areas where the pearls are produced are the Gambier and Tuamotu Archipelago Islands. Pearl farmers nucleate the oysters with beads and let Mother Nature take over from there.
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