Bora Bora Black Pearls

Bora Bora Black Pearls, Souvenirs from bora bora

Bora Bora Black Pearls, Commonly known around the world as black pearls, the pearls of Tahiti are indigenous to the remote lagoons of French Polynesia in the South Pacific.

Legend has it that the pearl oyster, Te Ufi was offered to man by Oro, the god of peace and fertility, who came down to earth on a rainbow. Some say that Oro offered the pearl front this oyster to the beautiful princess of Bora Bora as a sign of his eternal love.

Souvenirs from bora bora, The scientific term for Te Ufi left is Pinctada margaritifera, most commonly known as the black lipped oyster. In the 19th century, its shell, like that of many oysters, was in great demand by the European button industry. As a result, commercial shell harvesting operations by local and foreign entities took place annually in the lagoons of Tuamotu and Gambier, two of the five archipelagoes that make up French Polynesia.

In the days of such lucrative shell harvesting, one would have to open more than 15,000 oysters before finding a natural pearl.

So even before the secret of pearl cultivation was discovere

The most famous of these natural black pearls was called "Azra". It was the centerpiece of a necklace that was part of the Russian crown jewels.

The Quality of Tahitian Pearls

At the producers' stage, quality evaluation is based solely on size, shape and quality. However, when Tahitian cultured pearls enter the wholesale trade pipeline further evaluation and pricing will be based on the demand of the consumer, the rarity of the size, shape and color of the pearl and the final destination of the pearl.

Generally large, rounder pearls which exhibit a high luster with few flaws will still command the most premium prices. In addition, special pearl colors such as peacock, aubergine and pistachio will carry a premium price because of their rarity.
d, the Tahitian pearl had earned a reputation for value and rarity. This reputation was further enhanced by its use in the jewelry of the world's royalty and nobility. Soon the Tahitian pearl became known as the "pearl of queens and queen of pearls".