Tahiti Cultured Pearls
The black-lipped pearl oyster, Pinctada margaritifera, grows in large natural reserves in the remote lagoons of the French Polynesian atolls in the South Pacific Ocean. Though also known as “The Black Pearl” – Poe Rava in Tahitian – it is to be found in nearly any imaginable colour, ranging from beige, light grey, green, purple, dark grey, and black. Exceptional beautiful clear colours of yellow, peacock, blue, and aubergine are also to be found. The Tahiti cultured pearl is a pearl with one of the largest variety of natural colours to be found.
The culturing process has given permission to this particular oyster species to survive. The culturing process, where a nucleus is inserted in the centre of the oyster in order to encourage the secretion of mother-of-pearl, is the only aspect triggered by man.
The size, the shape, the quality, and not least, the colour are entirely determined by nature. No treatment of the pearl is undertaken from it leaves the oyster until it becomes your jewellery gem.
The Tahiti pearl is equally distinct through its shape and size. There is an infinitely amount of different baroque and semi-baroque shapes, pearls with circles, perfect drops and valuable round pearls. Together with the light coloured cultured South Sea pearls, the sizes of the Tahiti pearls are among the largest in the world, between 8-20mm.
It is told that the Tahiti pearl, with its dark, intense lustre, is like a mirror in which the world and not least its bearer can be reflected.
PEARLS FOR WOMEN AND FOR MEN
Another surprise about the Tahiti cultured pearl is its aptitude to adorn women as well as men. The pearl, with its dark colours has a very masculine appearance. Those having the pleasure of visiting the native country of these pearls will see the inhabitants of the islands, men and women, young and old, carrying these noble gems with pride. This is a trend that is now expanding around the world with also Scandinavian men enhancing their masculinity through the intensity of the Tahiti pearl.