Tahitian Pearl Value Factors
Value of a specific Tahitian pearl as well as the finished jewelry piece is dependent on many factors. The most important are size, shape, luster and surface quality. These factors you can immediately see.
Tahitian Pearl Luster
Another factor in evaluating Tahitian cultured pearls is the luster. Luster or shine is how well a pearl reflects the light that falls upon it.
Tahitian Pearl Matching
As each individual Tahitian pearl can take five to six years to grow from oyster spat to pearl harvest, matching is a very important factor.
Tahitian Body Shape
Cultured Tahitians are nucleated with round beads. However, only about 40% are round and an additional 20% are symmetrical. As a result, the rounder the pearl, the more valuable it is.
Tahitian Pearl Body
Another pearl value factor is the cleanliness of the body or surface of the pearl. The less visible spotting, the more valuable the pearl.
Tahitian Pearl Size
The size of the pearl also does effect the value. A larger pearl with similar other value factors will be more valuable than a smaller one. However, there is a size range where values increase exponentially.
Tahitian Pearl Necre
Existing rules maintain that Tahitian cultured pearl nacre must at minimum an average of 0.8mm over the entire pearl. This means that the vast majority of the cultured pearls will have good nacre covering.