The Tahitian black pearl is a strong emblem of Polynesian wealth. The whole beauty and splendor of the Tahiti seas and islands stand out in this jewel, which makes a perfect harmony of animal and mineral. Its shape, color, and surface quality are 100% natural.
The color of those pearls is called 'black' in reference to the black-lipped oyster that produces them, but they are actually of a gray color with pink, green, eggplant and blue highlights or shades. Those shades come in multiple intensities. They correspond to the orient of the pearl (the color arising from its iridescence property), which the mother-of-pearl has formed for years.
Creating a Tahitian Pearl
The cultured pearl of Tahiti is a result of both human and animal labor. That beautiful complicity takes place with the respect for nature, allowing us to provide you with a unique, pretty and colorful product.
The Tahitian pearl is a natural gem resulting from the alchemy around a marbled-shaped pearl grafted in the pearl sac of the black-lipped oyster named Pinctada Margaritifera. The pearl oyster will then be covering that foreign body with layers of mother-of-pearl for several months. Once created, the pearl will remain for a long time in the waters of the Polynesian lagoons within the pearl oyster, under the monitoring and protection of man for at least 18 months.
The Polynesian mother-of-pearl, mother of the Tahitian black pearl, requires skill and patience to be picked and reward us with a magnificent treasure. It must be in a stress-free environment as much as possible, and specifically in a calm, healthy, and nurturing lagoon. The mother oyster can be up to 11.8 inches long and weigh at least 11 pounds. Such large dimensions allow for cutting a beautifully colored mother-of-pearl from the inner shell.
Taking Care of a Tahitian Pearl
The natural beauty of pearls can be preserved for a long time. This is especially the case for the real Tahitian Pearl as it is one of the cultured pearls which has a very large thickness of mother-of-pearl (greater than 0.8mm).
But over time, the colors of cultured pearls might fade and become duller. Some tips on preventing color fading:
Avoid putting it in contact with corrosive agents such as perfume, hairspray, deodorants, detergents, chlorine, etc.
Wear it regularly as it rehydrates on contact with the skin. Avoid storing the pearl in a dry place for too long when not wearing it.
If you experience skin hyperacidity, clean the pearl once in a while using very mild soap, then rinse with mineral water and wipe with soft cloth.