Tahitian black pearl is appreciated all over the world and this is well deserved. However, in regard with his name, Tahitian black pearls are rarely black and they come not from Tahiti but from other islands and atolls in French Polynesia, in particular from Tuamotu-Gambier archipelago.
Each tahitian pearl is unique. The shape, the size, the surface, the luster and the color vary depending on different factors. This allows a wide variety of pearls. Here is a summary of some of these variations:
- The shape:
- Round and semi-round: perfect spherical shape or slightly deformed.
- Baroque and semi-baroque: the shape is more or less irregular as for example oval, drop-shape or undetermined.
- Circled: There are one or more parallel grooves etched around its circumference.
- The size: usually between 8mm et 14mm.
- The surface: from an almost perfect surface to a surface with important imperfection.
- The luster: from poor to excellent luster.
- The color: Tahitian pearls present a wide range of colours from creamy to black, including greenish, eggplant and copper color. There is also frequently secondary color and iridescence.
Here in French Polynesia, we often use a pearl system classification (A-D) with five categories :
- Perfect: no imperfection and excellent luster.
- A: very few imperfections and very brilliant
- B: few imperfections and good luster
- C : moderate imperfections and average luster
- D : significant imperfections and poor luster
For more information regarding tahitian pearls properties and grading system, you may visit the following link: Grading systems.
In order to help you finding your pearls, we offer peerings. We already have selected a number of pearls for necklaces or earrings. All you need to do is choose your setting.
We are also selling keshi pearls. They are non-nucleated pearls and present a wide range of shape and size.
Finally, you will find engraved pearls with polynesian motif in our shops.