The Pearl Collection features divine pearls are hand-selected throughout the azure Pacific. An array of high-grade Tahitian Pearls, South Sea Pearls, and Black Pearls from Fiji are handcrafted into T A K A ' S jewelry designs.
Tahitian Pearls are exotic black pearls from the Black-lip pearl oyster (pinctada mararitifera) originally farmed in French Polynesia, Cook Islands, and Micronesian Islands; but it is only those grown in French Polynesia that may be named Tahitian Pearls. Although often referred to as black, they have a remarkable color range that covers the spectrum - from light, creamy white and grey, to regal greens, iridescent peacock and deep black. Tahitian pearls have become some of the most sought-after, expensive pearls in the world.
Because Tahitian pearls are bead nucleated many of them are round, or near round, with other shapes expressed in drops, baroques, button and circled pearls. When all other factors are equal, round Tahitian pearls are the most valuable.
Edison pearls are a high-quality, high-end variety of saltwater pearl known for their stunning look yet affordable prices. The pearls are named after the great inventor, Thomas Edison, who for all his intelligence and innovation, said “There are two things which couldn’t be made at my laboratory – diamonds and pearls.”
Edison pearls are one of the latest in a long line of pearl innovations and the name Edison is a reminder that what can be seemingly impossible, can be done. Edison pearls were created by the Zhan siblings who come from a family with over 40 years’ experience in the pearl industry. These pearls were first sold in 2010 and have since carved a name for itself as a high-end pearl variety.
These Saltwater pearls are bead-nucleated, where a perfectly spherical, single bead is embedded into the oyster which helps form the perfect round shape. The mussel is able to focus its energy on a single pearl at a time. This results in a lower yield, but the focus is on quality not quantity; and a gorgeous pearl with beautiful orient and exquisite overtones is born.
The spectacular Savusavu Bay, located on Fiji’s second-largest island of Vanua Levu, provides the perfect environment for creating Fiji’s natural gems. These pristine nutrient-rich waters, along with dedicated sustainable farm management, produce some of the most uniquely colored pearls found in the world today.
Fijian pearls come in two distinctive fancy color palettes that have made them a sought-after fashion statement worldwide. The warmer hues include champagne, chocolate, copper, cranberry, gold and pistachio, while the cooler hues feature deep blues and vibrant greens. These pearls can also shine with overtones of coppery-gold, deep sapphire, dusty rose and turquoise. Sizes range from from 10mm to 11mm (the average size at first seeding) up to 12mm to 14mm (average size at reseeding) with pearls exceeding 16mm in diameter considered rare.
With more innovative and sustainable pearl-farming techniques to support local villages, Fijian pearl farms are offering a bounty of beautiful and most sort after pearls in the world.
Golden South Sea Pearls
Golden South Sea pearls are among the largest, most valuable pearls produced today. They are grown in the gold-lip variety of the Pinctada maxima, South Sea pearl oyster. Their warm, golden and champagne tones are completely natural, and no treatments are needed to enjoy the beauty of these luxurious gems, but it is the deppest golden often referred to as the 24 karat, considered the most valuable.
South Sea pearls are typically larger and have a very thick nacre compared to other saltwater pearl varieties. Grown primarily in the Phillipines, Indonesia and Australia, their growth period is approximately 2-4 years, unlike the akoya pearls, which develop in one to two years, and Tahitian pearls which develop in under two years. They are generally quite large (up to 13mm) and not as perfectly spherical, generally available in drop, button, baroque and circular shaping.
Of all the cultured pearl varieties on the market today, South Sea pearls are the undisputed leaders in value. Their luster, thickest nacre, average size, growth time and rarity make them among the most desired and command the highest prices.