Tahitian pearls are always very much in demand and invariably command a top price.
Here are some fact about Tahitian pearls to help you select the ones just right for you.
The Tahitian pearl is a black pearl and is created in a special black-lipped oyster found in the French Polynesian waters. It is known as the “Pinctada Margaritifera”, or black-lip mother-of-pearl. This mollusk secretes a black pigment and it is this pigment which gives the pearl it’s characteristic black look. Sometimes the pigment is not so black and so you get lighter tinted pearls as well.
Tahiti is a group of islands In the eastern South Pacific- 3,852 miles from Los Angeles, 3,541 miles from Sydney, 5,468 miles from Tokyo and 4,660 miles from Santiago, Chile.
Tahitian pearls are cultured in pearl farms in the lagoons of the Tuamotu-Gambier Archipelago, a group of islands in French Polynesia.
How much should you pay for a Tahitian Pearl? You can pay as little as $100 for a small pearl of average quality or up to $10,000 for a round pearl of perfect quality with a diameter of 18mm or so.
Natural pearls are actually quite rare these days and a natural pearl might be one out of say 15-20 thousand pearls.
The Tahitian pearl is naturally cultured and not a total product of nature. Strictly speaking, natural pearls are those created without any human intervention, as officially defined by the International Confederation of Jewelry, Silverware, Diamonds, Pearls and Stones (CIBJO).
Tahitian pearls are not tinted. They are always all 100 percent natural. The pearl can be jet black, various shades of grey as well as bronze, greenish and even purplish
In the right setting a Tahitian pearl will look wonderful and have a deep shine hard to duplicate artificially.