Tahitian pearls, better known as black pearls for their striking dark hues, can actually range in color from black to white. Even though their name suggests otherwise, most aren't actually a true black, but rather charcoal, dark green or silver. The black lip oyster is responsible for growing the black pearls. These creatures can grow quite large weighing in at up to ten pounds. This is advantageous in that the pearls they grow can reach sizes much larger than that of other pearl producing mollusks and oysters. This allows black pearls to even be used for pendants in addition to the more common uses of necklaces and bracelets. Black pearls that are cultivated and not natural also have the benefit of being many different shapes to be used in a variety of jewelry applications.
They are cultivated in the waters surrounding Tahiti and the French Polynesia islands.
Many consider these exceedingly rare pearls to be the most unique and beautiful of all the pearls. That may come down to some personal preference, but you can be assured that if black pearls are in your budget, you will have an exceptionally exotic piece of jewelry to add to one lucky lady's collection.
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