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The Pearl and the Lagoons’ Protection

The pearl and the environment form the simplest and most fragile equations ever. Simple because one relies on the other and the other way around. Fragile because without a healthy environment, there is no nice pearl. Nevertheless this natural biotope become weaker because of the culture of several hundred-thousands pearl oysters stock in the pearl farm’s stations close to each other which increases the threat risk. Yet the perfect harmony between

1973 – Originally Was South Marutea

1973 was the year of the first oil crisis. the Kippur war, the coup in Chile, the Peron return in Argentina, the World Trade Centre and the Sydney Opera House official openings, the first visit of a Soviet leader in the United States since 1917, the Papua-New guinea autonomy, the right to vote for Australian Aborigines, the cease-fire in Vietnam, Suharto’s re-election in Indonesia, the declaration of the Afghanistan republic, the entry in the CEE

An Exceptional Know-How

Developing or buying pearl farms at the other side of the world was pure insanity, so was it. However it was also a question of business management and vision. Robert Wan had his idea on how doing business but more than anything he was a visionary. Only five years after the creation of « Tahiti Perles » he decided to fight weather uncertainties, sanitary threats and risky economical situations, to get rid of the small scale production method for

At the Beginning was the Mother of Pearl

The mother of pearl. It is an exceptional substance which name is often given in the atolls to the pearl oysters which are giving birth to the pearls. However it’s not that, neither it is the shell protecting its mollusc.The nacre or mother of pearl is rare and discreet as it is only the substance covering the inside of the thick protecting shell. This substance is made of thin slices of calcium carbonate (aragonite) which are linked by a living

Tribute to a Several Thousand-Year-Old Story

The pearl is the only recognized gem coming from a living organism, an odd mollusk named Pinctada Margaritifera (Cumingi species), that is unique to French Polynesia’s lagoons. Harvesting a pearl is the accomplishment of a totally natural process but the pearl is also the only gem Man can reproduce without changing its classification. Indeed despite Man’s intervention, the cultured pearl does not belong to synthetic gems.

Welcome to the Pearl World

In an interview released almost twenty years ago in an American magazine, Robert Wan explained his history or what is more his link with the oyster pearl framing and its miracle result : the pearl. During this interview some very specific words were naturally coming when referring to this characters’ soul who accompanied the beginnings of the Tahitian cultured pearl with about ten other pioneers. Unlike many other South Seas adventurers, he never

Beauty In Imperfection Or Perfection In Things Not “Beautiful”

Appreciate that imperfect pearls are also beautiful and captivating and that they are not what they are made out to be. With enough creativity, they can accessorise, complement and highlight the normal pearls and jewellery as they are competitively priced and therefore very much affordable thus widening your collection and choice for pearls necklaces and earrings. There is currently a shift in attitudes surrounding jewellery where imperfectness an

Pearls In History

Take a trip down memory lane to learn about how pearls fit into history. Relive the wager between Marc Anthony and Cleopatra and when Christopher Columbus - traded with the native Indians for their pearls. Feel the tension between religious and secular forces in Europe and between the aspirations and needs of the haves and have nots.

Beauty In Nature & Naturally Beautiful

Humans through the ages have always been captivated and feel connected with nature. Understand the reasons behind this infatuation and bond. Discover that this feeling is as old as nature and us humans. Such feelings are nothing new for most religions and philosophies testify to this in one-way shape or form. We are a part of nature as nature is part of us. Pearls are a classic gift from nature. It is the most natural of all gemstones and it is

Nature - Master Craftsman of Pearls

Learn that no other gems can claim to be as sustainable as pearls are. Owning a Tahitian pearl is an investment into the sustainability of our environment. It is a commitment to be environmentally responsible and shows concern and support to an industry that prioritises sustainability. Compared to fishing and other agricultural activities, pearl farming is one of the most environmentally friendly activities where a lot of research and development a

ROBERT WAN - One With The Pearls & Environment

The best pearls can only be produced under the most perfect of conditions. Robert Wan black Tahitian pearls are produced in the Tuamotu Gambier atoll with the same pristine and natural conditions when he first bought it in 1961. His pearls are also unique, so much so that in 1976, the Gemological Institute of America officially recognised the natural colour of Tahitian pearl and In 1988, the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) adopted the standar

Pearl Grafting

After three years’ rearing in the pearl farm, the oysters are ready for grafting. Before the operation, they are deprived of food for a few days in order to slow their metabolism and so lessen the risk of the graft being rejected.

The King of Malabar

Marco Polo described him as the « Pearl Pig ». While sailing back from China around 1290, Marco Polo paid visit to the kingdom of Malabar on the west coast of India. He was taken aback by the costumes worn by the king who, in addition to a dazzling necklace of 104 white pearls of unheard of size and splendor, even wore pearl ankle bracelets and toe rings.

The Birth of a Pearl

It became widely accepted that contrary to popular belief of the time, a pearl did not in fact grow from a droplet of rain or dew.Initially, certain theorists believed pearls to be eggs.That the oyster had failed to expel and which had become attached to the shell...

The black pearl And Newton's prism color and iridescence

The black pearl is a type of pearl that is found in the lagoons of certain islands in Polynesia. It is known for its unique color, which ranges from blue and green to eggplant, pink, and silver. This color is created by the iridescence of the pearl, which is caused by the way light is reflected off the layers of nacre (mother-of-pearl) that make up the pearl. The nacre is made up of thin layers of microscopic crystals, and when light hits the pearl

Pearl Industry: An Introduction

In 2019, the global jewellery industry is estimated to be worth about USD 230 billion whilst it’s growth rate was estimated to be about 3.7%. The Asia Pacific is a key market as it has the highest growth globally then. Collectively, the US and Europe however remained it’s highest spenders. The leading jewellery individual markets are China, USA, India, Japan and Russia. The growth can be largely attributable to the internet that helped increase

How To Identify Real Pearls

Natural pearls have fingerprint-like surface ridges on them As such, they are not identical nor are they perfectly spherical. Fake pearls look perfectly identical and have machined smooth surfaces. Real pearls have an overtone colour that are very vibrant, bright and lustrous whereas fake pearls have a somewhat milky, faded and unnatural look to it. The counterfeit industry has taken over the globe to become a more than $500 billion industry...

South Sea vs Tahitian Pearls

Produced in low volume and known as black pearls, they are highly valued because of their rarity; so much so that it has the honored distinction of being the only “naturally black” pearl found in existence. In common with most sea pearls, the oyster can only be nucleated with one pearl at a time. Tahitian pearls are famous around the world for their enormous size, rainbow-shaming range of colors, amazing radiance and lustre and for the fact tha

Pearls for your engagement ring and bridal jewellery

Egyptians were said to start the tradition of engagement rings. Made out of braided reeds, they believed that the circular shape of the ring symbolizes eternity. Rings were exchanged between the bride and groom and were always worn on the left hand ring finger; a vein apparently ran from there all the way to the heart. Meanwhile, to the ancient women of Rome, engagement rings signified a business contract or an affirmation of mutual love and obedi

Tahiti and the Black Pearl

The text discusses the fascination and allure of Tahiti and the black pearl, both of which have become symbols of the right to dream and imagination. The beauty and magic of these elements are emphasized, and it is suggested that the black pearl, in particular, represents the spirit of our time and is set to become as coveted as the classic white pearl. The text also touches on the economic importance of the black pearl, as it has become the top ex

Idol with a Shell by Paul Gauguin

The "Idol with a Shell" sculpture depicts a deity, depicted in the lotus position and adorned with cannibalistic teeth made from a parrot fish's pharyngeal tooth, tattooed legs, and mother-of-pearl adornments on the pectoral and belt. Two figures are depicted on either side of the main figure, with arms ending in flat, rake-like fingers and legs bent in a manner suggestive of sexual gestures in the tamure dance. The sculpture also features Maori-in

Queen Elizabeth I and the black pearls

Queen Elizabeth I was the queen of England and Ireland from 1558 to 1603 and was known for her love of black pearls, which she believed had medicinal properties and wore as part of her royal attire. Black pearls were highly prized during her reign and often given as gifts to mark special occasions or seal political alliances. Elizabeth was also a patron of the arts and supported the work of poets, playwrights, and artists during the cultural and ar

What is a Kechi?

What is a Kechi? It is a byproduct in pearl cultivation. When the oyster rejects the nucleus intentionally or unintentionally, it can form a Kechi from the epithelial cells of the mantle tissue. These nucleus-less pearls are small in diameter and have a baroque shape. These small, irregular pearls are highly valued.

Chinese queens and black pearls

Many Chinese queens throughout history are known to have worn pearls as a symbol of wealth and status. In traditional Chinese culture, pearls were associated with wisdom, purity, and prosperity, and were often worn by royalty and the wealthy. Some examples of Chinese queens who are known to have worn pearls include Empress Dowager Cixi, who ruled China as regent for 47 years during the late Qing dynasty, and Empress Wu Zetian, who was the only f

Black Pearls and Fertility

Black pearls have been traditionally associated with fertility and childbirth in many cultures. They are believed to have protective and healing properties, and are often given to newlyweds or pregnant women as a symbol of good luck. The association between black pearls and fertility can be traced back to the ancient Roman goddess Venus, who was the goddess of love, beauty, and fertility. In many cultures, black pearls are seen as a symbol of love,

Robert Wan and National Geographic

Robert Wan is a Tahitian pearl farmer who has gained international recognition for his work in cultivating and promoting Tahitian pearls. He is the owner of Tahitiperles, a company that specializes in the cultivation and sale of Tahitian pearls, and is also the founder of a museum in Tahiti dedicated to the history and cultural significance of pearls. National Geographic has featured Robert Wan in several articles and documentaries about pearls and

The History of Black Pearl Diving

The divers of the Tuamotu archipelago in French Polynesia are nomadic and move between islands based on the wealth of the seabed. They use outrigger canoes or ketches built in Tahiti by Europeans to dive for pearls. The Paumotu are considered the best divers and use a square wooden box with a glass bottom to explore the seabed down to 25 meters. Diving for pearls is physically demanding and risky, with divers facing dangers such as decompression si