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What are Tahitian Pearls?

Apr 19, 2017

Life isn’t always black and white; sometimes it calls for more color. That’s where Tahitian Pearls come in, they are famous for their exotic colors. And although people think of them as black pearls, they famously come in three main colors: Peacock, Aubergine and Pistachio. Tahitian pearls get their color from the oyster they are […]

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Life isn’t always black and white; sometimes it calls for more color. That’s where Tahitian Pearls come in, they are famous for their exotic colors. And although people think of them as black pearls, they famously come in three main colors: Peacock, Aubergine and Pistachio.

Tahitian pearls get their color from the oyster they are cultivated in, the black-lipped oyster, native to Polynesia, and the oysters can get big. Even unpolished these pearls can have an almost metallic sheen, and they are magnificent.

The pearls this oyster produces are also King-sized gems. The oyster itself can weigh up to 11 pound and live up to 30 years, although most of its most productive, pearl producing years are closer to its teenage years, between about 3 and 7 years old. These pearls are typically between 9 and 11mm.

The oysters that grow Tahitian pearls also can produce more than one cultured pearl. Often, after harvesting one pearl, technicians insert another nucleus for a second pearl, up to three times before the oyster is retired, with the pearls getting larger and larger each time.

Tahitian pearls are actually cultivated in French Polynesia, not Tahiti, although Tahiti is one of the islands in French Polynesia, and they are the region’s biggest export. To protect their reputation and the quality of their product, the government has minimum requirements for the nacre thickness of the pearls.

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