Black Pearls From Tahiti

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…

Non-traditional Engagement Rings: What the Pearl Symbolizes

In my non-traditional engagement rings series thus far, we’ve covered those gems thought to be “precious” – meaning the diamond (introduced and detailed in the ruby post), ruby, sapphire, and emerald. However, many other “semi-precious” stones were long revered as extremely valuable throughout the years, and one such candidate for an ultra-chic and timeless engagement ring is the pearl. I…

What do you know about pearls?

A pearl is formed when a foreign object gets into the mantle of a mollusk. This irritation becomes covered with successive layers of nacre, which is the mother of pearl, and eventually forms a pearl. Cultured pearls are probably easier to match, but natural pearls are more valuable. For the cultured variety, pearl farmers keep…