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Feeling Exotic? Bewitching?

by Henry Elfering |

If you want to walk along the Exotic, playful side of life; Tahitian Pearls are for you. They are considered to be the second most valuable commercially farmed pearls in the world and to me are a bit bewitching. Many times they are referred to as black, but they have a color range from light creamy white to grey, to green iridescent peacock and to deep black. Unlike black freshwater and black Akoya pearls, which have been irradiated or dyed, Tahitians come by their dark glamor like color naturally.

Beautiful Tahitian pearls are among the largest pearls in the world, ranging in size from approximately 8 mm to 18 mm. These pearls are bead nucleated making many of them are round, or near round, with other shapes expressed in drops, baroques, button and circled pearls. When all other factors are equal, the round Tahitian pearls are considered the most valuable.

Interesting to note, while Tahitian pearls carry the name of the famous Tahiti Island, they do not come from Tahiti. Only the pearls from the Black-lip oyster farmed in French Polynesia may be call Tahitian pearls.

There is something mysterious for me when it comes to Tahitian pearls. They have a thick nacre that produces a glorious glow combined with their remarkable color range make them appear regal. Wearing them can only transfer that exotic, magical feeling and who doesn’t want to feel regal!

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