Tahitian Cultured Pearl
Tahitian Pearls are the dark body color variety of South Sea Pearls. Cultured around the islands of French Polynesia (the most familiar of these is Tahiti), these dark beauties can be found in sizes ranging from 8 to 18mm and shapes from round to baroque (teardrop, oval, button, ringed and freeform). Tahitian pearls range in body color from silver to medium gray to charcoal gray to black and may have green, purple, blue and/or orange overtones. The highly prized and colorful peacock pearl refers to a Tahitian pearl with iridescent green and aubergine (purple) overtones. Culturing a Tahitian pearl requires skilled technicians inserting mantle tissue from a sacrificed mollusk along with a shell bead into the gonad of a Pinctada Margaritifera mollusk. The mollusks are carefully tended for 2-4 years and then the resulting pearls are harvested. Special care is required for pearls due to their porous nature as they can absorb anything that comes in contact with their surface. Always wipe off pearls with a soft cloth after wearing or handling.
Pearls are designated as a June birthstone and for the third and thirtieth anniversaries.