The Tahitian Cultured Pearl

The beauty of the Tahitian pearl results from what the most beautiful things that nature has to offer and thanks to a skilled labour for the complex and delicate work of the pearl culture.

What is the Tahitian pearl ?

The Tahitian pearl is a cultured pearl which is exclusively cultivated in the Polynesian lagoons, in the black-lipped oyster, otherwise referred to as Pinctada Margaritifera.
Its formation requires human input to carry out the graft, hence its name “cultured pearl”. On the other hand, following this stage, the pearl follows a natural development process.
Among all types of pearls, the Tahitian pearl has the largest range of colours. It can be green, blue, grey, black, purple, bronze, brown, pink, etc.

The pearl culture

In the past, pearls were obtained only by chance. These were natural pearls.
The cultured pearl was born at the beginning of the 20th century in Japan, before extending in all the archipelagos of the Pacific Ocean.

The pearl culture for the Tahitian pearl was developed in the 1960s in the Polynesian lagoons.

Natural pearls still exist but are less sought after, in spite of their rarity, because they are often irregular and very expensive.

The Life in the Pearl Farms


The culture of Tahitian pearls requires excellent quality of life of oysters and diligent maintenance of mother-of-pearls. The profession of pearl farmer is a hard work which begins very early the morning and requires a lot of energy. The grafters, who start the process, are required to carry out highly skilful work. Many years of practice are required to make a success of the majority of their grafts.

Fishermen lift heavy strings and nets of mother-of-pearl, which they clean regularly so that the oyster feeds as best as possible.

All this work is carried out under the scorching sun, on the Îles Tuamotu-Gambier .

The beauty of the Tahitian pearl is the result of taking the most exquisite things that nature and letting a skilled hand carry out complex and delicate work.

The Engraved Pearl

Round and baroque pearls are engraved in Tahiti by renowned tattoo artists.

The art of the engraving is a local know-how. In Tahitian culture, the pearls are decorated with  motifs, which take inspiration from  Maori tattoos.

Engraving mother-of-pearl requires a perfect understanding of this craftsmanship since the pearl is very soft and the tattoo artist is not immune to errors.

Drilling pearls

The drilling of pearls requires a machine that keeps them perfectly in their axis of symmetry as it drills halfway or all of the way through the centre.
We offer our customers the option of drilling purchased pearls in the diameter of their choice.

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