What makes a Tahitian pearl from China different?

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What are Tahitian pearls?

Tahitian pearls are a type of cultured pearl that are primarily cultivated in French Polynesia, specifically in the waters surrounding Tahiti. These pearls are known for their unique colours, ranging from dark grey to black, and their stunning lustre. They are highly valued in the jewellery industry for their beauty and rarity.

What are Chinese Tahitian pearls?

Chinese Tahitian pearls, on the other hand, are cultured pearls that are grown in the waters of China. While they are often referred to as "Tahitian" pearls, they are not actually from Tahiti or French Polynesia. Instead, they are a more affordable pearl jewellery alternative to genuine Tahitian pearls which can be worn in jewellery such as pendant necklacessolitaire rings and earrings.

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What are the differences between Tahitian pearls and Chinese Tahitian pearls?

There are several key differences between Tahitian pearls and Chinese Tahitian pearls:

1. Origin

The most obvious difference is the origin of the pearls. Tahitian pearls are exclusively grown in the waters of French Polynesia, while Chinese Tahitian pearls are cultivated in China.

2. Colour

Tahitian pearls are renowned for their natural dark colours, which range from grey to black. These colours are a result of the oyster species and the unique environment in which they are grown. Chinese Tahitian pearls, on the other hand, may have a wider range of colours, including lighter shades of grey and even some pastel hues.

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3. Size

Tahitian pearls are known for their larger size compared to other types of pearls. They typically range from 8mm to 16mm in diameter, with some exceptional pearls reaching sizes of 18mm or more. Chinese Tahitian pearls, while still available in larger sizes, may be slightly smaller on average.

4. Lustre

The lustre of a pearl refers to its shine and reflective quality. Tahitian pearls are famous for their high lustre, which gives them a captivating glow. Chinese Tahitian pearls also possess lustre, but it may not be as intense or as vibrant as that of genuine Tahitian pearls.

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5. Price

Due to their rarity and unique qualities, genuine Tahitian pearls are generally more expensive than Chinese Tahitian pearls. The price difference is primarily due to the difference in origin and the higher demand for authentic Tahitian pearls.

While Chinese Tahitian pearls offer a more affordable option for those who desire the look of Tahitian pearls, it's important to note that they are not the same as genuine Tahitian pearls. The origin, colour, size, lustre, and price all contribute to the distinctions between the two. Ultimately, the choice between Tahitian pearls and Chinese Tahitian pearls depends on personal preference, budget, and the desired level of authenticity.

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