Tahitian Pearls

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.

Our beautiful Tahitian cultured pearls are available as stud earrings, fashion earrings, strands, necklaces, pendants, and bracelets.

Blue Nile Tahitian Cultured Pearls

LUSTRE
Very High - High, bright reflections
SURFACE
Very Slightly Spotted - Few visible blemishes on some pearls
NACRE
Medium - Medium nacre coating
SHAPE
Slightly Off Round - Some pearls may be slightly less round and symmetrical
COLOUR
Black to Dark Grey - With some green and/or purple overtone