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".