Cultured Pearls: The Artistry of Man and Nature
Tahitian cultured pearls are that rare phenomenon that represent a unique harmony between man and nature working in complete synchronicity. They grow within a very specific type of oyster: pinctada margaritifera var. cumingii, prized for its rarity and the beauty of its internal surfaces. The exotic name ‘magaritirfera’ is taken from “margarita” the Latin word for pearl. In French Polynesia, The pearl-bearing oysters are referred to as ‘nacres” (mother-of-pearl) a name derived from the Persian word ‘nakkar’ which means iridescent or sparkling ornament. With the magnificent pinctada margaritifera as a host, the process of pearl farming or pearl culturing has two phases: nacriculture (the cultivation of pearl-bearing oysters) and grafting.