Black Tahitian pearls are the naturally colored black pearls from French Polynesia. Shimmering with colorful overtones of iridescent peacock, Aubergine (eggplant purple), shimmering silver and copper, chocolate, cherry, green and more, these black pearls come in a rainbow of hues to delight even the pickiest of pearl lovers.
Cultivated in the warm tropical lagoons and atolls of islands in French Polynesia, black Tahitian pearls are striking and exotic.
The pearls range in size from 8.0mm up to 18.0mm, with an average range of 9.0-13.0mm in size.
Tahitian pearls are cultivated in the Pinctada Margaritifera black-lipped saltwater oyster, which can grow up to 12-inches in size, nearly the size of a dinner plate. The oyster features an iridescent rainbow of colors on its outer lip, which is what gives these pearls their magnificent and unique overtones.
Growth times average approximately 3 years from nucleation to harvest, and French Polynesian law bans export of any pearl with an average nacre thickness of less than 0.8mm, which when compared with an akoya pearl is considered extremely thick.
The oyster is often grafted with 2 bead nuclei at a time, and can be nucleated up to 3 times, producing progressively larger and larger pearls before being released back into the wild in order to maintain genetic diversity within the native population.
These stunning pearls are available in round, circled round, button shape, drop-shape and asymmetrical baroque shapes that can be used in custom jewelry designs. Despite their relative rareness when compared with Freshwater or akoya pearls, there are more Tahitian pearl farms in operation today than ever before, making these exotic and gorgeous pearls more affordable than ever.
Tahitian cultured pearls offer a dramatic touch. The natural black color of these pearls comes from the color of the oyster's black lips.
Tahitian cultured pearls are cultivated from the black-lipped variety of the Pinctada Maxima oyster called Pinctada Margaritifera which reaches a foot or more in diameter, and produces very large pearls. This oyster is very sensitive to the pearl culturing process, which makes the pearls very costly to produce. A gift of Tahitian cultured pearls makes an extraordinary, unique gift.