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Tahitian Pearls
Tahitian pearls are best viewed in immaculate, white dishes. Under soft lights and without interference, they have a radiant presence, showing multiple colours and the orient that they patiently built for months.
People easily fall under the spell of Tahitian pearls, but it can be difficult to select a favourite. To do so, listen to your heart. If still in doubt, the criteria like colour, shape, surface, size and radiance should help.

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Specifications of Tahitian Pearls
  • Shape
    Pearls form as they wish, just as keishis do, the small pearls that reject the nucleus and keep only graft tissue around which aragonite aggregates. Tahitian pearls show many shapes, usually divided into five categories: round/semi-round, oval/button, drop, circled, semi-baroque and baroque. While round pearls long have been the buyers’ favourites, other categories attract more and more designers who draw inspiration from the pearls’ original, natural shapes to create unique jewellery.
  • Colour
    Although commonly called black pearls, Tahitian pearls offer a wide range of colours. In their natural state, they show infinite unique shades: cherry, cream, peacock, green, blue, grey, white and more. Choosing is, above all, a matter of personal taste.
  • Size
    The size is measured in millimetres, the largest pearls being the rarest and most sought after. Most Tahitian pearls measure 8-14mm. Very exceptionally, some exceed 18mm and are considered extremely rare treasures.
  • Surface quality
    The surface quality of Tahitian pearls can be appreciated by naked eyes. As with all natural products, some pearls show surface imperfections. There are five pearl categories:
    Top Gemperfect quality, no defects
    Category Atiny, almost invisible, blemishes
    Category Bvery light imperfections
    Category Cmarks on less than two-thirds of the surface
    Category Drelatively important marks
  • Pearl Valuation
    Generally, the bigger a pearl’s diameter and the rounder its shape, the higher its value, but exceptions exist. The value of a large, lower-quality pearl may be less than for a smaller, blemish-free one. Regardless, the colour and radiance criteria specific to Tahitian pearls remain the most decisive considerations to experts.
  • Radiance
    A pearl’s radiance consists of its lustre and orient. The lustre, or shine, is determined by the degree of light reflection on its surface. Beautiful lustre means that light is totally reflected, resulting in a mirror effect. The weaker the lustre, the duller the effect is. The orient determines the iridescence of a pearl, which comes from the decomposition of light through the layers of nacre. Beautiful orient results in a soft rainbow effect, similar to that seen on soap bubbles.
  • Taking Care of Pearls
    Once removed from their shells, Tahitian pearls require tender loving care. Such gems rehydrate on skin contact so wearing them often is essential. Any acid aggression can prove fatal to pearls. The big enemies to pearls are chlorinated water, perfume and hairspray. Tahitian pearls should be wiped regularly with a soft cloth.
Classification
  • Size
    16mm
    14mm
    12mm
    10mm
    8mm
  • Surface
    No Imperfections
    Infimes
    Imperfections
    Minimal
    Imperfections
    Imperfections
    Important
    Imperfections
  • Shine
    Excellent Luster
    very good Luster
    Good Luster
    Average Luster
  • Shape
    Round
    Semi-Round
    Oval
    Drop
    Semi-Baroque
    Circled
    Baroque