Pearls 101: Tahitian Cultured Pearls

 

Jewelry Basics
 

Overview

These cultured pearls come from a black-lipped oyster, and they are harvested in French Polynesia. That black pigment is responsible for the signature charcoal color this cultured pearl develops. Tahitian cultured pearls are expensive to produce because the oyster is particularly sensitive to the culturing process. 

Appearance 

Tahitian cultured pearls are known for their distinct black color with hints of pink, purple, blue, and green in their sheen. The look of these cultured pearls is often described as uniquely beautiful and exotic.