The Tahitian Pearl

September 16, 2020

The Tahitian Pearl gets its name from the area where it is mainly cultivated, around the islands of French Polynesia, close to Tahiti. It is also called Black pearl and is an organic gem “produced” by the Black Lip Oyster (Pinctada margaritifera).

The pearl comes in a variety of colours that range from white to black, with shades of green, pink, blue, silver and yellow. But the most valuable are the darker ones. A 100% black Tahitian pearl, considered one the most beautiful pearls in existence, is extremely rare. Still, most Tahitian pearls that qualify for the name “black” are charcoal grey, silver, or dark green.

The Tahitian pearl is found in various shapes and sizes, including round, semi-round, button, circle, oval, teardrop, semi-baroque, and baroque. The Tahitian pearl grows in an oyster species that can weigh up to ten pounds, enabling it to produce small to above-average-size pearls.

The Tahitian pearl is cultivated by grafting a mollusk shell-based bead into the reproductive organ of a mature Black Lip Oyster. In addition

to the bead, a sample of the donor mollusk’s mantle tissue is inserted. This sample affects the colour of the pearl and stimulates the oyster to produce nacre around the bead. Real organic tissue is mandatory so that the oyster does not reject the grafted material. Before insertion, the bead is sanded into the desired shape. The grafting procedure must be done very quickly to ensure the oyster survives the process as it cannot live very long outside of the ocean.

SERAFINO designs jewelry that contains beautiful Tahitian pearls. A perfect example of SERAFINO’s savoir-faire is the Sibylla Bracelet, a magnificent and delicate work of art!


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