Cultured Tahitian Pearl is often referred to as black pearl. However, it actually ranges in color from light to dark gray, often with overtones of green, blue and purple. This saltwater cultured pearl is farmed primarily in Tahiti, ranging in size from 8 mm to 16 mm, with 8 mm to 10 mm most popular. It takes 1.5 to 2 years to grow a Tahitian cultured pearl.
The naturally beautiful dark colors of cultured Tahitian pearl is unmatched by any other black or gray pearl, which is often dyed, making cultured Tahitian pearl more rare and valuable. Gordon finds cultured Tahitian pearls to be stunning additions to any jewelry collection. It adds to almost any jewelry piece, whether worn for casual or formal occasions. He currently relies on designers who specialize in Tahitian pearl jewelry to create items for 100 East Fine Jewelry, which you can find at Gordon’s Curated Selections.
The single most important phrase to remember when caring for pearl jewelry (or any fine jewelry, actually) is: “last on – first off”. This means you should put your jewelry on last, after you’ve applied all your make-up, perfumes and other sprays. At the end of the evening, your pearl and other jewelry should be first off, that is, removed before pulling off clothing, washing yourself, etc. To learn more about cultured pearls, or any of our gemstones, visit our education and resources page.