Tahitian cultured 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 or years.
Choosing the right pearl can be difficult and has a lot of variables, although you may have seen situations where 2 pearls may have the same specification, however their prices might be different. This is relatively due to the season they were bought or harvest and the location they were produced, these variations of price change on a daily basis. Furthermore, every pearls are unique and different, even though they are generally sorted following the standard criteria like color, Luster, shape, surface, and size should help.
Pearls form as they wish, just as keishi do, the small pearls that reject the nucleus and keep only graft tissue around which aragonite aggregates. Tahitian cultured 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’ favorites, other categories attract more and more designers who draw inspiration from the pearls’ original, natural shapes to create unique jewelry.
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.
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.
The size is measured in millimetres, the largest pearls being the rarest and most sought after. Most Tahitian cultured pearls measure 8-14mm. Very exceptionally, some exceed 18mm and are considered extremely rare treasures.
Grades / Quality
The surface quality of Tahitian cultured pearls can be appreciated by naked eyes. As with all natural products, some pearls show surface imperfections. we have five pearl categories: Top Gem (perfect quality, no defects); Category AAA (tiny spot,very light imperfections almost not visible, Clean face); Category AA (marks on less than two-thirds of the surface); and Category A (relatively important marks).
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 color and radiance criteria specific to Tahitian cultured pearls remain the most decisive considerations to experts, and out of Millions of Pearls, you may never find the Perfect shape and color pearls over the size of 19mm, thoses are usually kept as a piece of rarest collection in the world.