tahitian pearls

Best Places to Shop for Tahitian Pearls

December 14, 2017 in Experience

The best place to shop for Tahitian pearls is in French Polynesia. Although Tahiti is the main island of French Polynesia, it is not the main island that produces Tahiti pearls. Authentic Tahitian cultured black pearls are produced in the warm waters of the Tuamotu Archipelago and the Gambier Islands, two of the five archipelagos of French Polynesia.

Learn where the best locations to shop for Tahitian pearls are in French Polynesia. From necklaces to engagement rings, you can find Tahitian pearls for sale in one of Tahiti’s local pearl showrooms, farms, or markets.

The Black Tahitian Pearl

Beneath the clear waters surrounding French Polynesia, Mother Nature’s purest gems, the famous black Tahitian pearl, are produced. 

Produced by a black lip pearl oyster, Tahitian pearls are unlike the more common pearl types. Tahitian pearls have a naturally dark body color. The black description is in reference to the pearl’s body color and typically doesn’t mean true black as there is usually a range of overtones. The most popular Tahitian pearls will have dark green body color and peacock overtones. A genuine Tahitian pearl is the only naturally “black” pearl. Other black pearls, such as Akoya pearls or freshwater pearls, are dyed or exposed to radiation. 

Tahitian pearls are also some of the largest pearls globally, ranging from approximately 8 mm to 18 mm. The only larger harvested pearl is the golden South Sea pearls, growing as large as 20 mm. 

The warm lagoons of many of the islands and atolls in French Polynesia are among the most perfect environments for black Tahitian pearls because of the temperature, density, salinity, light, and pure climate. Commonly known as “Black Pearls,” Tahitian pearls range widely in pricing, size, shape, and pearl colors. From the darkest black to shimmering shades of green, blue, bronze, aubergine, or even pink – these are indeed the jewels of the ocean. 

Shopping for Tahitian Pearls

Tahiti is the best place in the world to shop for Tahitian pearls.

With first-hand expertise and an infinite selection from dozens of major pearl retailers on all the islands, visitors quickly discover that French Polynesia is the best place in the world to learn about and shop for pearls. Visitors are encouraged to visit several merchants during their vacation to learn about judging quality and style to help determine their preferences.

Tahitian pearls can be found at Resort and cruise ship shops, pearl showrooms on Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Moorea, and family pearl farms on Huahine, Taha’a, and throughout the Tuamotu Atolls all offer Tahitian pearls.

Pearl shops such as Robert Wan, Tahia Collins, or the Tahiti Pearl Market, are all recommended places to begin the search for your own perfect Tahitian Pearl.

Tahitian Pearls for Sale

Whether you are looking for Tahitian pearl rings, a pearl necklace, Tahitian pearl pendant, or an authentic Tahitian pearl necklace, a local vendor in French Polynesia can help you find what you want. 

Depending on what you are looking for, you will be able to find Tahitian pearls for sale at Robert Wan Tahiti – Musée de la Perle, Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls, or Mana Pearl, or the well-known where you can find the pearl that suits your style.

Tahiti Pearl Farms

The prices of Tahitian pearls will range depending on certain criteria such as luster, size, shape, mounted, or unmounted. Black pearls are rarer and are typically more expensive, so be sure to request a certificate of authenticity from your reseller to guarantee quality.  






The Champon Pearl Farm on the Island of Taha’a is an authentic family farm that produces the famous Tahitian black pearls.

The Pearl farm offers visitors a large choice of pearls, loose or set on jewels. The best quality pearls are already set on 18kt white or yellow gold, but visitors also have the option to get a less expensive pearl with sterling silver or leather.