Did you know that Tahitian black pearls come in colors besides black? Did you know that they’re not all perfectly round? There’s much less regularity to this particular pearl than meets the eye. Here are some facts about the diversity found in Tahitian black pearls.
Tahitian black pearls are produced naturally in colors besides black. The keyword here is naturally, meaning that the black lipped oyster is producing a pearl of a different color all by itself without help from any humans or coloring agents. Those natural colors include the darker pastels of grey, blue, green, pink, orange, brown, yellow, and the shadowy shades of white.
The farther the color is from black, the less precious the pearl is perceived to be. But color, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. The lighter and colored pearls are no less lustrous or lovely than the darkest of beauties. And, if you’re like me, you’ll welcome the chance to buy them for less, with no sacrifice in quality for simply a different or lighter color.
The most recognizable shape for a Tahitian black pearl is the round. Perfect rounds undoubtedly come from a laid-back black lipped oyster that’s naturally good at whatever it does, covering over the nucleating bead evenly with its nacre. (That’s all conjecture on my part!) Perfect rounds actually occur rarely and are more of an accident of perfection than anything else. And you’ll pay dearly for one perfect round, nevermind enough to make a necklace. How does a couple hundred bucks for one perfect pearl grab you?
More often, Tahitian black pearls are produced in shapes besides round. Because the oyster is a living organism irritated by a decidedly human intervention, it’s probably not thinking much about coating the nucleating bead evenly with its nacre. (Do oysters think at all?) Consequently, harvested pearls show up in all kinds of sizes and shapes and imperfections in the nacre layering. Imperfect and decidedly unround pearls are common and, to me, more interesting in their diversity than the perfects are with their perfection.
Imperfect, but still beautiful, shapes of Tahitian black pearls include:
- Off rounds – oblongs, ovals, egg shapes, pear-shaped, drops
- Baroque – any irregularly shaped pearl
- Banded – indentations or circles around the circumference of the pearl
There’s beauty in the imperfection
Jewelry designers embrace the variations in Tahitian black pearls, putting their diversity to work in more daring designs.
Not black, not round, and not perfect, but perfectly stunning!