Buying Guide for Tahitian Pearls
Tahitian pearls are known for their exceptional beauty and exotic features. They are also considered as the symbol of wealth and luxury. People value these astonishing gems as a sign of perfection. They are also known as mother-of-pearls and a creation of the sea.
Tahitian pearls are cultured in the lagoons of French Polynesia. Farmers of French Polynesia started their cultivation in 1965. Nowadays there are several pearl farms in French Polynesia where the cultivation of Tahitian pearls occurs on a large scale. The demand of this mystical pearl is increasing each year, rising around 5-10% a year.
These pearls are very rare in nature and thus more in demand and are quite expensive to purchase.
All women want to add this beautiful pearl to their jewelry collection. There are some factors that determine the quality of these auspicious gems. Here are some buying guidelines that will help you to determine the best-quality Tahitian pearls.
There are basically six factors that determine the quality of Tahitian pearls which are luster, nacre thickness, surface, colour, size, and shape.
Nacre thickness is considered the most important feature of Tahitian pearls as this is the factor that decides the quality of this pearl. Nacre thickness indicates that how long the beauty of a Tahitian pearl will last. If a Tahitian pearl has a thick nacre, that means its beauty will last for a long time, and if a pearl’s nacre is thin, that indicates a short time span of beauty. The government of French Polynesia has set the standard value of nacre thickness at 0.8mm for Tahitian pearls. If the value of nacre thickness is less than 0.8 mm then it cannot be exported. So the first Tahitian pearl-buying tip is to always check its nacre thickness as a pearl with less nacre value would wear off easily.
The next factor that you should consider while getting these expensive gems is surface quality. There are four grades that are used to give a surface quality rating which are A, B, C, and D. If a pearl has an ‘A’ surface quality then it is the highest-quality gem. ‘A’ grade in Tahitian pearl indicates that the pearl has a rich, high luster and clean surface with the least flaws that are distributed over 10% of the pearl surface. If we talk about ‘B’ grade then it signifies high to medium luster with slight flaws which are distributed over 30% of the pearl surface. Similarly, ‘C’ grade signifies a lower-quality pearl having medium luster and an imperfection area that is distributed over 60 % of the pearl surface. A ‘D’ grade pearl is heavily spotted and prohibited for export.
Luster is one more factor that gives you the expression of a pearl’s beauty. High-quality Tahitian pearls have a rich, high luster and mirror-like finish which gives an impression of metallic pearl.
Another Tahitian pearl-buying tip is their size. The average size of these pearls is 16 mm to 18 mm. All highly valued pearls are larger in size. Colour and shape are two more factors that you should consider while buying these auspicious stones.