As the unabashedly proud mother of the two dynamic owners of, my collection of pearl jewelry is substantial. Recently, my son gifted me a pair of attractive, futuristic looking pearl earrings. “Wear these and when people ask, tell them they’re Tahitian Pearls,” he said. I realized then that my knowledge of Tahitian Pearls was minimal, except that like most people, I knew they were cultivated in French Polynesia, around Tahiti.

Alexander Pope in his poem, An Essay on Criticism, asserted that “A little learning is a dangerous thing”, so I vowed to add to my limited knowledge of all things pearl-related, in this case, Tahitian Pearls. I learned that the black-lipped oyster that forms the Tahitian or black pearl is called neither Jean nor Joan but Pinctada Margaritifera. I further learned that they grow to be rather chunky, as much as ten pounds, producing a pearl that is larger than average.

Tahitian Pearls are utterly beautiful, with undertones and overtones of green, pink, blue, silver, and yellow. The darker the color, however, the more valuable and desirable they are. The dark tones make Tahitian Pearls unique, while the pièce de résistance is the very rare, true black pearl. Cultured Tahitian Pearls come in a variety of shapes. Some are round, others semi-round and baroque.

They look fabulous in any setting. The Tahitian Collection at Pacific Pearls is worth delving into. The Queen of His Heart 9-10mm Tahitian Pearl Pendant is set in 925 sterling silver, exquisitely teamed with Russian diamonds and Mother-of-Pearl. The Jaipur Princess, stunningly large 11-12 mm Tahitian Baroque Pearl Earrings, also from our Tahitian Collection, are encrusted with diamonds and gleam with deep peacock overtones.

Go on, grow your collection of pearl jewelry!