Some of the rarest in the world, Tahitian pearls are prized for their deep, exotic dark colors with overtones spanning the color spectrum.
Hailing from French Polynesia, Tahitian pearls are available in a wide range of shapes, from round to teardrop to baroque. Treasured for their rarity and versatility, they are favored for all types of jewelry and settings.
Produced By: BLACK LIPPED OYSTERS
Tahitian pearls come from black-lipped oysters, or Pinctada Margaritifera. Though these oysters are cultured in French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, the Micronesian Islands, and Japan, only pearls grown in French Polynesia merit the Tahitian pearl classification. Black Lipped oysters are fairly large, sometimes measuring 12 inches or more across and weighing up to 10 pounds.
Tahitian pearls are among the largest pearl types, with sizes typically falling between 8mm and 18mm. The only larger commercially cultivated pearls are South Sea.
Tahitian pearls are most famous for their deep, dark coloring. Often called black pearls, the color range of Tahitian pearls is actually quite wide, and the most common overtone is a rich, luxurious green.
PEARL OF WISDOM
According to Ancient Polynesian legend, Tahitian pearls were cases for light created by Tane, the God of Harmony and Beauty. The pearls’ light was said to have illuminated the vault of heaven.