The Tahitian black pearl, more than a jewel!

French Polynesia and its translucent lagoons hide a wonderful secret, the Black Pearl. The Tahitian pearl, this prestigious jewel with its beautiful colors makes an integral part of the Polynesian myth.  Women dream about this beautiful pearl …

Legend has it that the god of peace and fertility “ORO” offered this pearl to humans by love for the princess of Bora Bora.
More specifically, its scientific name is Pinctada margaritifera. Prior to culturing pearls and that “pearl farms”  were created, the Black Pearl was very rare, and it was necessary to open more than 15,000 pearl oysters to find one fine pearl which made it a real gem for the elite.
In 1961, pearl grafts tests were attempted in the lagoon of Bora Bora and it was not until two years later, in 1963, that the first pearls were harvested. Since then, numerous islands of the Tuamotu, Gambier and even islands in the archipelago of Leeward islands such as Bora Bora, Taha’a and Maupiti cultivate this precious jewel.

This oyster species is very fragile and its culture is long and requires a lot of care, it takes two years of gestation after transplantation to obtain a pearl. The Black Pearl has a great diversity in terms of size, diameter and color, all those criteria determine its quality.

Tahiti Cruise and Vacation invites you to discover French Polynesia, its wonderful sceneries and its pearl farms that are open to the public for discovery tours, but also to acquire those precious gems …


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