A Brief History of Pearls: Tahitian Pearl Processing

  A brief history of pearls


Unlike other types of pearls, Tahitian pearls don't undergo processing before they're brought to market. Instead, they're harvested, cleaned, dried and lightly polished.

Tahitian pearls are the only naturally black pearls found on earth. Although most Tahitian pearls come from various locations in and around French Polynesia, the fact is that Tahiti is simply the large trading hub for these rare, valuable pearls.

In addition to black, Tahitian pearls can come in a number of other colors, as well. They can be extremely radiant blue, green or purple; in some cases, they're even a beautiful silvery shade.

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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