Tahitian_pearl_jewellery_Moorea  Tahitian Cultured Pearls -

"Tahitian Cultured Pearls" are commonly known around the world as " Black Pearls ". They come from French Polynesia's remote lagoons.

Polynesian Legend tells that Oro, the God of Peace and Fertility, got inspired by the rainbow, his path to the earth. He thus offered to the mother of pearl its iridescence which then gave Tahitian pearls their amazing spectrum of colours.

The "Pinctada Margaritifera Cumingi" is commonly known as the black lipped oyster. In the 19th century, its shell was in great demand by the European button industry. In these days of shell harvesting, one would have to open more than 15,000 oysters before finding a natural pearl. These rare gems would then be seen only in the realms of Pashas and Royalties. Soon the Pearl of Tahiti became known as "Pearl of Queens" and "Queen of Pearls".

Manihi island lagoon
Pearl farm Manihi island

The first trials of Tahitian Pearls culturing began in 1961 in the lagoon of Bora Bora, when Japanese grafting techniques were applied to the Pinctada Maragaritifera oyster. The first successful harvest of 1963 proved that a pearl culturing industry was possible in the region. Consequently several pearl farms were set up on the remote islands of Manihi, Marutea and Mangareva in the Tuamotu-Gambier archipelago.

The process of raising a Pinctada Maragaritifera oyster is long and requires considerable care and attention, due to its frailty. The specy is now protected and fishing it is forbiden.

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