Black Lipped Oyster

Pinctada Magaritifera
(Black South Sea)

Oyster 150 - 250mm. Pearls 8 - 18mm

Grey, Black

The largest producer of these pearls is Tahiti or French Polynesia. Other producers include the Cook Islands, Hawaii, Marshall and Christmas Islands. For Magaritifera pearls only about 50% of the harvest is saleable with top quality gems representing only 5%.

Black Lipped Oyster Two shells, surrounded by Tahitian Pearls of different sizes and shapes

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