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Distinctive Tahitian Pearls

Tahitian pearls are farmed in warm saltwater lagoons, mainly throughout French Polynesia, which is the most beautiful pearls in the world. As a matter of fact, no pearls are actually cultured in Tahiti itself, with the main farms being as far as 1500km away on remote atolls and islands. Their locations are chosen for their reefs that provide protection from tides, access to free flowing warm water and environmental purity.

The Pinctada margaritifera cumingii oyster is the mother of Tahitian pearls. Namely, Aragonite, a form of calcium carbonate, is secreted by the pearl oyster. Tahitian oyster live for about two years which means they produce up to about two thousand layers; more than most other pearls. This kind of oyster is very large, which produces pearls that are regularly grown between 8 and 18mm in diameter, becoming more valuable with increasing lustre and size. Tahitian pearls are graded using X-ray technology to confirm each pearl has a minimum of 0.8mm of nacre before export, which means that they should have a very good level of nacre quality and lustre. Indeed, the light passes through these multiple microscopic layers and is reflected and refracted to produce a shimmering effect. This shimmering creates magnificent colors which seem to travel and move throughout the pearl. This is part of what makes the Tahitian pearl so unique.

Between April and November, the grafting operations take place, which is a time when the molluscs are implanted with one or two nuclei made from a freshwater mussel shell and a corresponding number of pieces of mantle tissue from a donor oyster. With the best quality farms employing skilled grafters from Japan, this operation turn out to be very delicate and skilled. The implanted oysters are transferred to finely meshed baskets, suspended in the sea and the pearl may finally begin to grow. After between 18 and 24 months, the pearl is harvested from the oyster and possibly the oyster is seeded for a further second or third operation, a technique that enables the production of a few large beautiful pearls.

 Tahitian Pearls<br />

Tahitian pearls is not only the most exotic and original of pearls, they are also confusingly known as 'black pearls', resulting from taking on the colour of their black lipped oyster host. These pearls are produced with many mysterious colours such as silver, grey, pistachio, peacock and aubergine. At first, the industry believed these incredible colours to be the result of a post-culturing treatment. However, after the confirmation of a leading laboratory, they turned to believe that the colour was indeed natural. The first production of cultured pearls from French Polynesia began to be marketed successfully in the US and Europe during the 1970s.

Tahitian pearls have become highly fashionable and sought after in recent years for their being combined with classic round and baroque shapes. No matter they are made as a matched choker necklace of grey pearls, a unique multi-coloured strand or with the simplicity of a Tahitian pearl pendant or earrings, these pearls will always satisfy you.

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