June 11, 2021

Tahiti Pearls Harvesting

By Francisco Javier Fernandez Sanchez
Tahiti Pearls Harvesting | The South Sea Pearl

Tahitian cultured pearls are renowned for their dark bodycolor often accompanied by stunning overtone and orient. The Tahitian cultured pearls seen here were grown in Rangiroa, French Polynesia. Image  shows an expert grafter inserting a shell bead into a Pinctada Margaritifera oyster. This process must be done quickly and carefully to reduce trauma to the oyster and decrease the chance of the oyster rejecting the bead. The oyster will gradually coat the bead over 16 to 24 months to create a Tahitian cultured pearl. Image 3 shows a Tahitian cultured pearl being extracted from an oyster. Often, after a period of rest, a new shell bead is inserted into the oyster and it is put back in the ocean to produce another pearl. Curious about the quality of your cultured pearls? 



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