Tahitian Pearls offer a unique opportunity for UNIQUE jewelry, at more affordable prices than you’d think

January 14, 2013 by Emma

Satisfy Your Appetite for the Exotic with Affordable Tahitian Pearl Jewelry

Pearl jewelry brings a classy distinction to any formal outfit, and many women enjoy the playful touch of pearls paired with casual wear. When choosing the perfect ring, necklace or pearl strand, attention to the differences between types of pearls will ensure satisfaction for a lifetime.

The Tahitian Pearl is the most unique and dramatic of selections, but it’s not for everyone. Pearl grafters and farmers can influence the qualities of the pearls in some ways, yet an entirely standardized strand of Tahitian Black Pearls is extremely difficult to produce and very expensive as a result. Take the time to learn more about the production of these pearls and what makes them unique before making your final decision.

## Source Production
Tahitian pearls are grown in the matured Pinctada margaritafera oyster. Oysters are selected from their natural habitat for implantation with an irritant. The grafter uses surgical tools and a sterile environment to achieve a successful implantation, which only occurs with 10 to 50 percent of oysters.

Once the irritant is implanted, oysters are strung in beds along the blue lagoons of French Polynesia. The pearl is allowed to form over one to two and a half years before harvest. Oysters that accept the graft and form a suitable pearl are implanted with another irritant matching the size of the newly harvested pearl. In this way, larger pearls are possible to an extent.

## Color Variations
The Tahitian variety of pearls are unique in several ways, but the most striking quality is their color. The pearl body is black, but overtones of blue, green, silver, yellow and pink are possible. Additionally, these pearls often have undertones of a different color, which leads to many combinations.

Color is somewhat determined by the grafter. Along with an irritant, the grafter places a small piece of donor mantle. The mantle is living tissue that produces the oyster shell. Donors are chosen based on the quality and coloration of their shells. With other species of oyster, the mantle is a strong determinant of the pearl’s color, but it is only marginally significant to the final colors of a Tahitian Pearl.

## More Unique Qualities
The ability of the black-lipped oyster to accept increasingly larger irritants offers another unique opportunity. Most cultured pearls of the world range between four to 10 millimeters in diameter. Akoya pearls over eight millimeters, for instance, require a highly specialized process that has only been successfully carried out by Japanese farmers. In contrast, Tahitian pearls are sized between eight to 14 millimeters with some producers capable of achieving pearls up to 16 millimeters in diameter.

## What to Expect
Due to its unique color combinations and the sizes, many women prefer jewelry with a single Tahitian Pearl. Earrings and rings are popular and inexpensive choices. Women with a flair for the exotic will enjoy the Tahitian Black Pearl Necklace. Each pearl on the strand brings its own colors and mysterious quality, which results in a necklace that holds the eye with its beauty. Choose Tahitian pearls for a one-of-a-kind accessory.


Emma Frost is the Creative Associate at The Pearl Source since July 2012.
She has been involved in various Creative Projects at The Pearl Source and is a keen blogger.
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