A Brief History of Pearls: Tahitian Pearl Quality Evaluation

  A brief history of pearls


The evaluation of Tahitian pearls is a rigorous process. It involves sorting pearls by shape, size, luster and color, and once they're separated into these broad categories, they're further classified.

Evaluating Quality of Tahitian Pearls

Like all other pearls, exotic Tahitian pearls are judged on several factors, including:

The most beautiful Tahitian pearls typically increase in value, making them a good investment for savvy consumers.

Naturally, large and round pearls have a higher value than smaller pearls with irregular shapes. With all other factors being equal, the larger the pearl, the more valuable it is. Round pearls are the most difficult to culture.

Some Tahitian pearls - particularly the colored varieties - produce a luminescence and color intensity that you won't find in other pearls. In some cases, they're incredibly vibrant. The most costly and valuable Tahitian pearls have a breathtaking overtone and a shimmering orient, which is the iridescent color on or just below the pearl's surface.

How pearls form in oysters
How pearls are harvested
How pearls brought to market
Know your Akoya pearls
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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