Which are Tahitians pearls features?
The black pearl is one of the most astonishing pearls. It is characterized from its color, its size, its shape, and its shine.
Black pearl color
The lagoons pearl, also called the Tahitian pearl as well as Polynesian pearl is characterized by 3 color components:
- The tint: general aspect of the pearl. The main color that can vary from dark black to grey.
- The shine: it is its degree of luminosity. In other words, it is the result of the interaction between the surface of the pearl and the light.
- The saturation: it is the color (purity, brightness).
Tahitian pearl is available in many tints and in a wide variety of dark colors. Essentially, the tint depends on the color of the implant and the quality of the water in a natural habitat or in a cultivation.
Tahitian pearls size
The size of a lagoon Polynesian pearl has its diameter in millimeters. Black pearls can vary from 8mm to16mm. In certain cases, black pearls can reach a nonstandard diameter (18 mm to 21 mm).
Tahitians pearls shape
Black pearls exist in 7 basic shapes. These 7 shapes define 5 categories. One finds black rounded pearl, semi-rounded, oval, buttons-shaped, drop-shaped, baroque, semi baroque and circled.
The value of a Tahitian pearl
The value of a Tahitian pearl depends on several criteria as such as its color, size, number of imperfections, the brightness of its shine and the thickness of its mother-of-pearl. A black pearl, which has no imperfection on the surface, is more expensive than one with imperfections. The most important aspect to evaluate the value of a black pearl is the quality of its surface. That is why 5 qualities or 5 classes exist. The Top Gem, A-quality, B-quality, C-quality, D-quality. It is to be noticed that Top Gem is attributed to black pearls with no imperfections on the surface.