PEARLS OF TAHITI
- The pearl of Tahiti with natural colors, perfect ambassador of its country of origin, offers without any surface treatment, a wide range of natural colors.
- The pearls of great quality, graded Top Gem and A in accordance with the official nomenclature (JOPF N° 14 dated APRIL 5, 2001) are very rare. Out of 1000 mother of pearls grafted, 500 reject the implant. On the 500 remaining, only 20 mother of pearls will produce one pearl of quality A.
- The low ratio of pearls Top Gem and A excludes in our work shop the use of gold plated, ferrous metals, steel cable, zirconium or any other non-precious materials.
- Our pearls marketed in quality Top Gem and A only, are mounted on precious metal, diamonds and precious stones. Our necklaces are always mounted on natural silk thread. We deliver a detailed certificate of authenticity for each of our jewels.
The official classification of the French Polynesia government is very clear and defined as follows:
- Top Gem Pearls means pearls without imperfection on 100% of its total surface.
- Grade A: pearls without imperfections on at least 90% of its surface.
- Grade B: pearls without imperfections on at least 70% of its surface.
- Grade C: pearls presenting imperfections on 60% of its surface.
- Grade D: pearls presenting imperfections over more than 60% of its surface.
SHAPE OF THE PEARLS OF TAHITI
- Round Pearls are perfectly spherical or considered as such, whose tolerated diameter variation is lower than 2%.
- Semi-Round Pearls are slightly imperfect spheres whose diameter variation does not exceed 5%.
- Drop shaped Pearls are symmetrical in shape but have a tear-drop or pear-drop shape.
- Button shaped Pearls have a stable horizontal position presenting an axis of symmetry.
- Semi-Baroques Pearls present at least one axis of rotation.
- Circled Pearls are characterized by several regular rings over their surface, in form of furrows.
- Baroque Pearls are pearls with an irregular non-spherical shape and do not fit into any of the above categories.
VALUE OF THE PEARLS OF TAHITI
- All the forms of Pearls of Tahiti are classified from grade A to grade D. Grade A being the highest quality.
- Concerning the forms, see detail chronologically classified in a descendant rank order according to the value of forms.
(Baroques: some baroques pearls of an exceptional size and graded A can exceed the value of all other forms, except the round ones of equivalent size)
- According to equal quality in each category of forms, more the diameter of the pearl is important, more the value increase.
- Diameters of pearls of Tahiti start at 7 mm up to 20 mm, very rarely beyond.
- Decisive criteria in the value of the Pearl of Tahiti are surface condition, luster (brilliance), and diameter.
- A specific color is not a valuation criterion.