When it comes to the world of pearls, it can be very easy to simplify your selection down to just a few names. Golden South Sea pearls are gold in color, Hanadama pearls are white, and Tahitian pearls are a very dark black/green.
While these characterizations may be right in part, in actuality there is far more to the simple choice of one type of pearl over another. If you take a closer look at Tahitian pearls, for example, you may find that there are far more color options available than you might originally expect at first glance.
To start, there are three colors that you’ll typically find on Tahitian pearls:
Black Tahitian Pearls: The most traditional option. You will find that these pearls are the deepest black, but will exhibit silver and green hues when the light hits them the right way.
Green Tahitian Pearls: These pearls are a step down in contrast from black Tahitians, exhibiting far more green and a bit less silver or black, although they are still a far darker option than most other types of pearl.
Silver Tahitian Pearls: If you love the idea of Tahitian pearls, but can’t get away from the idea of lighter colored pearls, then silver Tahitians might be your best option. They are a beautiful silver color, but are tinged with the darker black that you’ll see in black Tahitians, making them a great middle-ground in your jewelry box.
From there, you also have a few ways to mix and match your style of pearl:
Traditional Round Pearls: The best option for the traditional pearl look. They have a consistent color that will subtly shift as the light hits them.
Tincup Pearls: Originally named after the tincup earrings worn by Rene Russo in the movie ‘Tin Cup’, these earrings are a nice middle ground between traditional and baroque options. Although technically considered baroque, tincup pearls have a consistent color that subtly changes as you move down the pearl itself.
Baroque Pearls: Previously considered to be lower quality, these pearls are making a huge comeback given their specific merits that aren’t found on any other style of pearl. While they have one dominant color, the color itself changes as you move across the pearl, and the rings on the surface of the pearl exhibit slightly different colors, making for a far more complex look.
What type of Tahitian pearl is right for you? Are you looking for a more traditional style or are you interested in mixing it up with a baroque option?