From the islands of French Polynesia comes one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful creations. Discover the amazing allure and dramatic beauty of black Tahitian pearls.
These glorious dark pearls are grown in the warm, clear waters of French Polynesia by large black-lip oysters called Pinctada Margaritifera. They naturally come in a very attractive variety of colors including black, green, bronze, or dark gray. Few oysters survive to produce a single fine pearl. Tahitian pearls were once the rarest, most valuable cultured pearls in the world. Tahitian pearls are bead-nucleated with thick colorful layers of nacre or mother-of-pearl. The thinnest nacre allowed by French Polynesian law for export is 0.8 mm, which is considered extremely thick. After a pearl is removed from the black lipped oyster, another nucleus can be inserted and another pearl can form. This can only be done 3 to 4 times before the mollusk is spent. Each Tahitian pearl is unique. Sultry dark tones and a breathtaking range of natural color make these rare pearls prized throughout the world. Jewelers and pearl farmers can go through hundreds of pearls to find the perfect pick to create a single Tahitian pearl jewelry piece. Even finding two similar pearls to create a matching pair of earrings can be a daunting task. Pearl is not considered a true mineral due to their organic origins. However, chemically pearls are formed from aragonite or a mixture of aragonite and calcite.
Black-lip pearl oysters are farmed in French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, the Micronesian Islands, and to some extent, Japan, Thailand, and the Philippines. Only the dark beauties grown in exotic French Polynesia can truly call themselves Tahitian pearls.