Tahitian Pearl Shapes
Lustrous Tahitians are best known for their large, round and dark pearls. However less than 40% are round. Their shapes from symmetrical to baroque are also prized.
Round Tahitian Pearls
The most famous is the large and very round Tahitian pearl. These are most prized by collectors.
Baroque Tahitian Pearls
Baroque Tahitians are not symmetrical and have a various unique shapes. Their uniqueness make them prized by some collectors.
Off-Round Tahitian Pearls
The next shape is the off-round pearl. These can seem round to the first or fast glance. However, on closer examination the off-roundness can be detected.
Drop Tahitian Pearls
Drop pearls are symmetrical with one end elongated like a drop of water. Drop pearls are preferred for necklace enhancer's, earrings or pendants - where a single pearl is highlighted.
Circled Tahitian Pearls
A subset of a baroque pearl is the circled pearl. These pearls have a grooves or rings that runs all the way around the pearl. These circles allow the pearl to pickup and reflect extra color and light.