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    Tahitian Pearls Defined

    Tahitian pearls are bead-nucleated pearls grown in the gonad of the Pinctada margaritifera mollusk in French Polynesia.

    Before Contacting Us
    This page generates a lot of emails to us with questions about various Tahitian pearl sellers and their jewelry. Although we are an education website and here to help, we are volunteers and we can't respond to every email, every day.

    If you're seeking advice on dealers, please read this before contacting us. There are several Tahitian pearl specialists I would recommend. These dealers are known to the community and attend producer auctions, so their Tahitian pearls are genuine and untreated.

    Pearl Paradise is the largest and is owned by the co-author of the CPAA Pearls Certification Course and an editor of GIA's Pearls course. Pearls of Joy is also very well-known and highly respected. Finally, Pure Pearls specializes in Tahitian pearls and is one of the only female-owned pearl companies in the United States.

    There have been hundreds of conversations on our community forum about these companies (and others) if you would like to do more research.

    Caitlin Williams
    Pearl-Guide Admin
    Tahitian Pearls - Among the Most Beautiful in the World

    Tahitian pearls are produced in the black-lipped oyster Pinctada margaritifera, in and around Tahiti and the French Polynesian islands. This oyster itself is quite large - sometimes over 12 inches (30 cm) across and weighing as much as 10 pounds (4.5 Kg) - which often results in much larger-than-average pearls. The pearls are unique because of their natural dark colors.

    Most "black" Tahitian pearls are not actually black, but are instead silver, charcoal, or a multitude of colors with the dominant color being green. Truly black pearls are extremely rare.
    Tahitian Black Pearls


    Tahitian Pearls - Not really from Tahiti!

    Although Tahitian pearls are thought by many to be solely a product of Tahiti, this is in fact not true. Tahiti is the commercial center and trading hub for the bulk of the industry; however, Tahiti does not have any pearl farms located on the island. The farms are instead scattered throughout French Polynesia, as far east as the Gambier Islands, and beyond French Polynesia to the west into the Micronesian Islands. Australia, the Seychelles, and Vietnam have all produced black pearls as well, but those cannot be referred to as Tahitian pearls.

    Almost Fished to Extinction

    Not only are the pearls beautiful, but the black-lipped oyster's mother-of-pearl inner shell is also extremely attractive. By the early part of the 20th century, before conservation and repopulation efforts began, the oyster had been hunted to extinction for its shell alone.

    Tahitian Pearl Farming Begins

    Tahitian pearl farming has much later commercial origins than other types of cultured pearls. In the early 1960's a man by the name of Jean-Marie Domard began experimenting with the Pinctada margaritifera using Japanese culturing techniques. In 1962, Mr. Domard successfully nucleated five thousand oysters, and after 3 years harvested more than one thousand Tahitian pearls.



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