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Black “Tahitian” Pearls

Tahitian cultured pearls or “Black Pearls” have been farmed or cultivated since the 1960’s in the black-lipped pearl oyster, Latin name – Pinctada Margaritifera. They are found amongst the atolls and islands in the archipelago that makes up French Polynesia

The production of Black Pearls these days averages 8, 9 and 10 millimetres in size and the shapes of the pearls are predominantly round, off round, drop, semi drop, button, circled and semi baroque and baroque.
There can be a rainbow iridescence in the colours of the Tahitian pearls from jet black or telephone ( Bakelite) black, to peacock, green, pink, aubergine, red, silver, platinum, pistachio, blue, cream, off white, brown and yellow, a genuine kaleidoscope of colours. The pearls have both undertones and overtones of colour making them so individual, so hard to match, and so exquisite to look at in detail. All these colours are naturally occurring, so nothing is needed to be done to the pearls after harvesting except drilling and turning into jewellery.

The Tahitian pearls we create our jewellery with are of exceptional luster and quality. At Aquarian Pearls we especially love to pair Black Pearls and natural coloured gemstones, in particular sapphires in blues, greens and pinks.