A Brief History of Pearls: Color of Tahitian Pearls

  A brief history of pearls


Perhaps the most exotic of all cultured pearls, Tahitian pearls come in a beautiful array of colors. They're well-known around the world for their iridescent, vibrant and almost metallic colors. These pearls are truly unique.

Tahitian Black Pearls Aren't Really Black

Although they're commonly called "black pearls," Tahitian pearls are actually various shades of gray. In addition to being gray, they have the distinct ability to refract light in spectacular ways to create a number of breathtaking colors.

The most highly prized Tahitian pearls are those with iridescent peacock and cobalt blue colors. In addition to peacock pearls, rainbows, grays and golds are also incredibly popular.

Tahitian Pearl Colors

Because Tahitian pearls have a distinct way of refracting and reflecting light, they're able to display a veritable rainbow of colors, including:

  • Peacock
  • Green
  • Black-green
  • Dark green
  • Eggplant
  • Blue
  • Gray
  • Parchment
  • Lemon
  • Golden orange

Further, these colors display in a variety of intensities and shades. This is largely due to the thick, strong nacre coating the nucleus of Tahitian pearls. Shop at American Pearl to find jewelry made with peacock pearls, eggplant pearls and other shades of "black" Tahitian pearls.

How pearls form in oysters
How pearls are harvested
How pearls brought to market
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Akoya Pearl Cultivation
Akoya Pearl Harvesting
Akoya Pearl Processing
Akoya Pearl Evaluation
Quality Factor One: Luster
Luster of Akoya Pearls
Quality Factor Two: Surface
Surface of Akoya Pearls
Quality Factor Three: Shape
Shape of Akoya Pearls
Quality Factor Four: Color
Color of Akoya Pearls
Quality Factor Five: Size
Size of Akoya Pearls
Know your South Sea pearls
South Sea Pearl Cultivation
South Sea Pearl Harvesting
South Sea Pearl Processing
South Sea Pearl Quality Evaluation
Luster of South Sea Pearls
Surface of South Sea Pearls
Shape of South Sea Pearls
Color of South Sea Pearls
Size of South Sea Pearls
Know your Tahitian pearls
Tahitian Pearl Cultivation
Tahitian Pearl Harvesting
Tahitian Pearl Processing
Tahitian Pearl Quality Evaluation
Luster of Tahitian Pearls
Surface of Tahitian Pearls
Shape of Tahitian Pearls
Color of Tahitian Pearls
Size of Tahitian Pearls
Gift Giving Occasions

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