Tahitian Black Pearl Education

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The Tahitian Pearl is the Queen of Pearls. Grown in clear, balmy waters in the Pinctada Marfaratifera oyster, these cultured pearls are prized around the world for their unparalleled beauty and elegance. So how exactly do these pearls go from a tiny particle in a mollusk to stunning pearl earrings we sell at Maui Divers? Let us educate you.

Tahitian Pearl Creation

The rare Pinctada Marfaratifera is a black-lipped oyster that produces every variety of Tahitian Pearl. The pearls, each unique from one another, are cultured on lines in the warm waters of Tahiti/French Polynesia and in the South Pacific. With each pearl offering unique characteristics, even matching a pair of Tahitian Pearl earrings can be a problem, but that uniqueness is exactly what makes these pearls so special. Every pearl created shares its wonder through all the differences and similarities it shares with the other pearls on your necklace or bracelet. So what are these difference and similarities, and what makes each pearl so significant?

The Luster of Tahitian Pearls

The luster of a pearl is the way in which it reflects light. Black Pearl Necklaces will naturally reflect light differently than lighter color pearls. Tahitian pearls offer their own unique luster from soft iridescence to a lively, almost metallic shine. The pearls at Maui Divers Jewelry are selected particularly for their rich, deep luster spanning across the spectrum of Tahitian pearl colors. Which brings us to our next topic.

The Colors of Tahitian Pearls

Tahitian pearls come in a vast range of colors, although each pearl still maintains an identity even through its coloration. Tahitian black pearls, the most famous of the bunch, really contain a mix of greens, grays and bronzes while others range from light green to pink and even white tones. Bi-color pearls even exist! The moral of the story here is that these beautiful gems come in a wide spectrum of colors. Thus, featured items are just examples of an extensive range of pearl colors available.

Size of Tahitian Pearls

The size of Tahitian pearls correlate to the amount of time they spend in the maturation process. Some pearls, after inspection, continue to grow for a second season, which enables them to increase in size and value while still maintaining their shape and luster. As with all pearls, the larger the Tahitian pearl, the higher the price.

Shape of Tahitian Pearls

Black Tahitian pearls are generally round or semi-round with button and drop shapes as well. The most sought after are usually round or semi-round, although all of these shapes make for beautiful jewelry. The shape of pearls are determined by the length of time the pearl spends in the oyster underwater and the amount of friction that works the pearl into different shapes.

Tahitian Pearls Shapes

Cleaning and Care Tips for Tahitian Pearls

Cleaning your Tahitian pearls is a snap; protect the luster of your pearls by caressing them a damp soft cloth after wearing. This will remove skin cream, perfume and skin acidity that could dull their shine. Pearl  jewelry should not be soaked in water.  Continuous exposure to water would eventually compromise the bonding agent used to secure the pearls in their settings. Once you clean your Pearl Jewelry, separate them from your other jewelry in a small pouch to avoid scratching. Wear your Pearls with confidence and enjoy some of Mother Nature's most beautiful creations.