A Brief History of Pearls: Tahitian Pearl Harvesting

  A brief history of pearls


Harvests at Tahitian pearl farms are usually small-scale operations because the oysters used to grow them are less plentiful than other types of oysters are.

The Tahitian Pearl Harvesting Process

In order to harvest Tahitian pearls, which are kept in lagoons where black lip oysters would naturally live, pearl farmers pull them from the water and transport them to harvesting facilities.

Once they've arrived at a harvesting facility, the oysters' shells are pried apart and the pearls are removed. Harvesters use special tools to avoid damaging the pearls or the oysters that produce them.

Although relatively few black lip oysters survive the initial nucleating process, those that do and produce pearls are immediately nucleated again to produce another pearl.

Mabe Pearls and Black Lip Oysters

Some oysters are nucleated up to four times before they are discarded. The last time a black lip oyster produces a pearl, it's a mabe pearl. A mabe pearl is a half-spherical cultured pearl that grows on the oyster's inside shell rather than inside its body.

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How pearls are harvested
How pearls brought to market
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Akoya Pearl Processing
Akoya Pearl Evaluation
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Quality Factor Three: Shape
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Quality Factor Four: Color
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Tahitian Pearl Quality Evaluation
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Shape of Tahitian Pearls
Color of Tahitian Pearls
Size of Tahitian Pearls
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