Everyone, who is anyone, is fascinated about the mysterious "Black Pearls" that we call Tahitian. These rare gems, which have a diameter of 8 to 16 mm (even larger in some rare cases), are produced by the black-lipped Pinctada margaritifera oyster which is native to French Polynesia. They have really only been on the market for just over 30 years and carry a number of secrets that we plan to reveal!
In this blog we will reveal two great misconceptions regarding them so that our readers will be able to pass on the news!
First of all, not all Tahitian cultured pearls are black. Amazingly so, pearls have been pulled from the oyster in shades of brown, gray, blue, green and purple, as well as the luxurious anthracite and jet black color.
Words like 'aubergine" and "eggplant" are often used in the industry, and the iridescent play of colors truly mesmerizes it's beholder!
Here are a few examples:
Aren't those colors spectacular? The fact is that they are pulled from the oyster exactly like that! No dying, polishing or cutting is done! Completely natural! Spectacular!
The second misconception about Tahitian cultured pearls is that they technically don't come from Tahiti! The French Polynesia lies east of Australia and is made up of five archipelagos: the Marquesas Islands, Gambier Islands, Austral Islands, the Tuamotu Archipelago and the Society Islands, which contain Tahiti. The islands are spread out over an area the size of Europe, but their land surface is only 1,500 square miles. Tahiti is a part of this, but not where the pearls are farmed.
The actual lagoons of the Tuamotu Archipelago and Gambier Islands are home to most of the pearls farms that cultivate these enchanting gems and many of the islands are so remote that they are only accessible by seaplane or boat.
We will take up the subject of the farms in a later post, but now you know!