These pearls get their name from the fact that they are primarily cultivated around Tahiti. Tahitian pearls. They are an organic gem formed from the black lip oyster (Pinctada margaritifera). Tahitian pearls are often called black pearls as they are naturally dark coloured, this makes them unique among pearls.
A true black Tahitian pearl is extremely rare. Most Tahitian pearls that are identified as “black” are actually grey, silver, or dark green. Tahitian pearls also come with various undertones of green, pink, blue, silver and yellow.
The cultured Tahitian pearl comes in various shapes, sizes, and colours; shapes include round, semi-round, button, circle, oval, teardrop, semi-baroque and baroque. Baroque pearls are the unusual shaped ones. The culturing process of a Tahitian pearl involves an expert grafter, who inserts a bead made from a mollusc shell. It takes two years for an oyster to mature enough to begin producing pearls.
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