A Brief History of Pearls: Shape of Tahitian Pearls

  A brief history of pearls


Cultured Tahitian pearls are available in many shapes and sizes. In fact, shape and size are important factors when determining the value of a pearl. However, it's important to note that everyone has his or her own preferences when it comes to Tahitian pearl shape - and that's what's most important when you're selecting these rare and beautiful specimens.

Tahitian Pearl Shapes

The most sought-after shape in a Tahitian pearl is round, but they come in a number of other shapes, including:

  • Semi-round
  • Button
  • Pear
  • Drop
  • Oval
  • Baroque
  • Semi-baroque
  • Ringed

Choosing the Right Tahitian Pearl Shape

Preference is key when you're selecting Tahitian pearls. While round is typically the most popular, it's also the most rare; that often contributes to higher prices. The cultivation process for Tahitian pearls takes between 2 and 3 years to complete, and that means imperfections in shape are very common.

In order for a pearl expert to find a perfectly matched strand, he or she must sort through thousands of pearls searching for those comparable in size, shape and surface quality.

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How pearls are harvested
How pearls brought to market
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Akoya Pearl Processing
Akoya Pearl Evaluation
Quality Factor One: Luster
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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
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South Sea Pearl Harvesting
South Sea Pearl Processing
South Sea Pearl Quality Evaluation
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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
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