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Pearls, pearls, pearls.
They call them “Black Pearls” because they are produced by the black-lip pearl oyster but they come in different colours.
Papeete is the small capital city of French Polynesia. It is on the main island of Tahiti. Everywhere you look, there are shops selling black pearls. Many of them are outlets for the Pearl farmers from different islands or atolls in French Polynesia.
So many shops sell pearl jewellery .
Some displays are better than others
Easter /Spring theme
This shop’s a bit cluttered.
Market traders sell low quality pearls.
The pearls are graded for quality.
The Tuamotus are said to produce the best quality pearls. The oysters thrive in the pristine waters of the remote atolls. However, the farmers of the society islands claim that they are the ones that culture the finest pearls.
Some pearls cost a fortune.
Phew, just for one pearl.
I could buy a new dinghy and outboard motor for that price.
As I wandered around the Pearl shops yesterday, I came across two lovely ladies working upstairs in the market. They sell the cheaper quality pearls and their display is crammed in amongst the cleaning stuff. But for all that, they were marvellous fun to chat with. I didn’t buy any pearls but they insisted on photographing me wearing an enormous pearl necklace.
Fun to chat to these ladies.
Machine used to make the holes through the Pearls
There are other types of pearls. Keshi pearls are small non-nucleated pearls typically formed as by-products of pearl cultivation. I love them.
Other jewellery is made from the pearly oyster shells. These fetch good prices as well.
Incidentally the Robert Wan Pearl Museum is the world’s only museum dedicated to pearls. It is located here in Papeete.