Tahitian Black Pearls

Story of Tahitian Black Pearls

Tahitian pearls, more commonly known as black pearls, are older than many other cultured pearls but owe their history to Japan. The techniques used to culture black pearls where brought over by a master Japanese grafter. Ever since pearl production in Tahiti began, there has been a power struggle for dominance for pearl farming in the region.

These wonderful pearls are known for their deep exotic colors from the black lipped oysters. These colors are far more you unique than classic Akoya Pearls or South Sea Pearls, and more deep than freshwater pearls. The remote waters in French Polynesia allow for clean waters, which is required for pearl farming.

Where They come from

Tahitian Black Pearls originate from French Polynesia and more specifically the island of Tahiti. The pearls are cultivated using a beautiful black-lipped oyster. The technique in cultivating the pearls is similar to Akoyas.

The process requires a donor oyster to supply mantle tissue as well as a donor oyster to supply a mother of pearl bead. After more than 2 years of waiting and surviving the harsh elements of the ocean, these oysters will hopefully produce beautiful pearls. During these years of harvesting the oysters are periodically removed from the water and cleaned to help the oysters better survive. They are often placed in large nets to protect them from predators, but ultimately many still die. If the oyster successfully produces a pearl, they will be used to culture a second time.

Size and Colors

Tahitian Black Pearls come in all different size shapes and colors.  Generally, Tahitian Black Pearls are generally between 8 and 16mm. The most common size is actually 9mm. This size is great for earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets and even some pendant designs.

There are nearly 100 different common color combinations. This chart shows Kyllonen's most commonly carried colors, which are considered highly sought after. We also seperate these into AAA and Gem quality for the best pearls available. 

What makes them Special

Unlike classic white akoya pearls, Tahitian Black Pearls are the sexy and exotic. They come from some of the most remote islands on earth and display a beautiful array of colors, sizes and shapes.

Some shades of colors are so unique they are completely one of a kind and only sold in individual pieces of special jewelry, not to be replicated. If you are looking for exotic and unique pearls, These are the perfect pearls for you to stand out from the crowd.

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