issued the official recognition of the "Pearl of Tahiti"
natural colour authenticity. Furthermore the adoption of the
commercial designation "Tahiti Cultured Pearl",
by the International_Jewellery Confederation
(CIBJO), allowed this jewel to establish its international
According to the government regulation, the
pearls must display a continuous pearly layer covering at
least 80 % of the surface and cannot reveal the underlying
nucleus. Pearls not meeting these criteria will be considered
as rejects and should not be sold.
When harvesting pearls, the pearl farmer
performs an initial sort of his crop, discarding all the rejects.
He will then proceed to a more detailed separation, sorting
out pearls by size, shape and surface quality following the
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