Pearls 101: Tahitian Cultured Pearls

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The black-lipped oyster creates these pearls. The mollusk's black pigment is responsible for the signature charcoal color the pearl develops. Because this oyster is particularly sensitive to the culturing process, these pearls are expensive to produce.

Appearance & Defining Features

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


French Polynesia is where these distinctive cultured pearls are harvested.