Buying Black Pearls From Tahiti
When you think of pearls, you immediately think of the white, round beads usually worn as necklaces or earrings. They sometimes use the term pearl as a color itself, describing a creamy, white, almost luminescent object.
The black pearls, or Tahitian pearls are produced by the “Pinctada margaritifera“, a black-lipped oyster. These are rare since only several oysters can produce those pearls. Though it may seem like they are black, the Tahitian pearls are not black.
They are most often silver, charcoal or a mixture of different colors with green as the dominant color. It is also important to note that these are NOT solely from Tahiti. Tahiti does not have pearl farms on the island, but it is the trading hub and commercial center for the pearls.
We instead find Pearl farms throughout French Polynesia: From Gambier Islands to the Micronesian Islands. Some countries such as Australia, Seychelles and Vietnam have produced it that are “black” but those pearls are not really considered as Tahitian pearls.
Tahitian pearls come in various shapes. It may be round, semi-round, oval, teardrop, baroque and sem-baroque. As was stated in the previous paragraph, these are not black, but dubbed as “black pearls” because the hues are darker.
These may also have various overtones and undertones, including green, yellow, pink, blue and silver.
The pearls are rare and beautiful. The oyster’s inner shell is equally attractive, making it popular, and it is being hunted for as well. It almost got extinct by the 20th century, but efforts have been made to conserve and rehabilitate the oyster.
Since these black pearls are the most exotic and sought after pearls, it is also pricey. The price starts at $1000. As with any other pearls, round and semi-round Tahitian pearls are the most expensive of its kind.
The drop and button shapes are next. Baroque types of pearls are a bargain, relative to the other types. Larger Tahitian pearls would also be more expensive than smaller ones. They would usually be around 9-12 mm. When the size reaches around 14mm, it is considered very large already. Price would increase per millimetre.
One must be very careful in purchasing accessories made of Tahitian pearls, some might not be real. Sometimes sellers would treat pearls so they would look like Tahitian pearls.
One may look at the small scratches or imperfections, which would help identify real pearls from imitations. Imitation pearls would most of the time be perfectly smooth. Real pearls would have small scratches because of the sand that could get in the oyster while the pearl is forming.
Tahitian pearls give a unique air of elegance to the person who wears the accessory. With black as a symbol of simplicity and of elegance, it could instantly make anyone feel good. Tahitian pearls may come in different color tones, one must choose what would be the most flattering for her.