The Tahitian Pearl is known as the Queen of Pearls. Grown in clear, balmy waters in the Pinctada Margaritifera oyster, these exquisite 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 the stunning pearl earrings we sell at Maui Divers? Let us educate you.
The rare Pinctada Marfaritifera 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. Each and every pearl created shares its wonder through all the differences and similarities it shares with the other pearls on your necklace or bracelet. So then what are these difference and similarities, and what makes each pearl so significant?
The luster of a pearl is the way in which it reflects light. Black Pearl Necklaces will naturally reflect light differently than a lighter colored or white 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.
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 what is shown in each photo for each featured item online is just one example of an extensive range of pearl colors available.
The size of Tahitian pearls is directly related to the amount of time they spend in the maturation process. Some pearls, after inspection, are allowed to continue for a 2nd growing season enabling 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.
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 each pearl is determined by the length of time the pearl is left in the oyster underwater and the amount of friction that works the pearl into different shapes.
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 it’s 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 setting . Once you've cleaned your Pearl Jewelry keep it separated 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.