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Tahitian Pearls

Cultured Tahitian pearls are exotically beautiful with their natural dark color. Cultivated in Tahiti, the Pinctada margaritifera oyster produces the pearl, and its color comes from the large mollusk's black lips. Cultured Tahitian pearls are expensive to produce because the oyster is very sensitive to the cultivation process. Because of this rarity, Tahitian pearls are highly sought after and make exceptional gifts. Although the Tahitian cultured pearl's color is often referred to as black, its hues range from light gray to charcoal. The gemstone can also feature blue, green or pink overtones.


Caring for Cultured Tahitian Pearl Jewelry

Extreme heat, hairspray, perfume, cosmetics, hairspray and household chemicals can damage Tahitian pearls. When getting ready, we recommend putting your pearls on last. After each wear, wipe with a soft cloth. You can occasionally use mild soapy water for a deeper cleaning. Avoid jewelry cleaners as they can harm your pearls. Be sure the strings are dry before wearing again. If you wear a strand of pearls often, consider bringing it to your jeweler annually for restringing. Store pearls separately in your Sidney Thomas presentation box, so other jewelry does not scratch them.


The Sidney Thomas Collection of Cultured Tahitian Pearls Jewelry

Sidney Thomas has a beautiful variety of cultured Tahitian pearl jewelry. Although a strand of round cultured Tahitian pearls is very beautiful, baroque shapes create interesting and unique jewelry as well. Shop our earrings, bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces.