Saturday, 17 June 2017

Tahitian pearls (Black pearl)

The Tahitian pearl (or black pearl) is an organic gem formed from the black lip oyster (Pinctada margaritifera). Tahitian pearls come in a range of colors and may contain various undertones and overtones of green, pink, blue, silver and yellow. The most valuable of these are of the darker variety. Tahitian pearls are unique. A true black Tahitian pearl is extremely rare, and considered one of the most beautiful pearls in the world. Most Tahitian pearls that are identified as “black” are actually charcoal grey, silver, or dark green.
The pinctada oyster, which reaches a foot or more in diameter, produces very large pearls. This oyster is sensitive to the pearl culturing process, which makes the pearls very costly to produce.
The Tahitian pearl is French Polynesia’s largest export, making up over 55 percent of the country's annual exports.The cultured Tahitian pearl farms are located in the blue lagoons of the Tuamotu-Gambier Archipelago, which is one of the five archipelagos which make up French Polynesia.