A Brief History of Tahitian Pearls

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Tahitian pearls, also known as black pearls, are among the most exotic and sought after gemstones on the market today. Because of their typically dark color these gemstones are also called black pearls even though the color can range from gunmetal grey to silver white and many exotic colors in between including chocolate, baroque green and even peacock. This elusive and unique pearl was first cultivated in 1961 by Jean-Marie Dormand, a Frenchmen responsible for marine resources in French Discount Tiffany & Co Jewelry Polynesia.

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A Brief History of Tahitian Pearls Tahitian pearls, also known as black pearls, are among the most exotic and sought after gemstones on the market today. Because of their typically dark color these gemstones are also called black pearls even though the color can range from gunmetal grey to silver white and many exotic colors in between including chocolate, baroque green and even peacock. This elusive and unique pearl was first cultivated in 1961 by Jean-Marie Dormand, a Frenchmen responsible for marine resources in French Discount Tiffany & Co Jewelry Polynesia. The first culturing experiments took place in the lagoons of the atoll of Hikueru and Bora Bora islands of French Polynesia. This led to the first harvest in 1965 which resulted in over 1,000 black pearls. The first export of black pearls wasn't until 1972 but soon the secret was out and by 1996 over $152 million worth of black gems were being shipped out of French Polynesia. Interestingly enough these pearls are not harvested in Tahiti but rather in the rich atolls that make up French Polynesia.

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Featuring a rich, brilliant luster and smooth, clean nacre Tahitian pearls are perfect for pendants, necklaces, ear rings and other forms of jewelry. Since being discovered the demand for these rare stones, in particular Tahitian pearls, has increased steadily each year and has forced conservation in the bountiful French Polynesian waters to allow for oyster bed repopulation. When pearls were first discovered by colonists in the 1700's several prime harvesting sites were quickly dried up due to the dramatic demand for the exotic Discount Tiffanys Jewelry gems. Tahitian pearls come from the large black-lip oysters named Pinctada Margaritifera. These oysters are quite small and only a handful will survive the cultivation process and produce a fine gemstone. This makes Tahitian pearls rarer than other highly sought after jewels including Akoya and South Sea varities.

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Each black pearl is very unique and finding a match for a pair of ear rings can take quite some time. Jewelers and pearl experts often have to sift through hundreds of black pearls to find one that matches another closely enough to be used for ear rings or other fine jewelry Tiffany Jewelry Cheap . Because of the rich luster, rarity and storied history Tahitian pearls are one of the most sough after gems on the jewelry market today and you can find terrific pearls on watches, ear rings, necklaces, pendants, cuff links and other decorative trinkets.

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