Tahitian cultured pearls offer a dramatic touch. The natural black colour of
these pearls comes from the colour of the oyster's black lips.
These pearls are traditionally called "black," but their colour can range
from a metallic silver, to the colour of graphite. And within this range
of colours they can have bluish, purplish, or greenish overtones.
Tahitian cultured pearls are cultivated from the black-lipped variety of the pinctada maxima oyster
which reaches a foot or more in diameter, and produces very large pearls. This oyster is very sensitive to
the pearl culturing process, which makes the pearls very costly to produce. A gift of Tahitian cultured
pearls makes an extraordinary, unique gift.