Extraordinary origins...

The Tahitian pearl is much more than a jewel, it is a true symbol of beauty and purity. Firmly rooted in the Pacific's history, the black pearl of Tahiti sparks admiration and curiosity. Other jewels or stones need to be worked to reveal their beauty; that isn't the case for the black pearl of Tahiti, which the pearl oyster offers us naturally and in all its splendour.

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Many Polynesian stories and legends about this natural jewel have sprung from this admiration. In Tahiti, legend has it that for love, the god Oro offered a pearl made from all the fish scales in the lagoon to a beautiful princess from Bora-Bora island

The renown of the black pearl of Tahiti, for a long time considered to be an imperial and royal symbol, spread all the way to Russia where the black "Azra" pearl is the centrepiece of a necklace among the crown jewels.

In the East, pearls are considered to be like angel tears or are associated with the brain of a mythical beast, the dragon, whereas the Hindus link the origin of black pearls to the celestial elements.

Being more realistic, the Romans, Greeks and Persians believed that the pearl was formed from raindrops that had infiltrated pearl oysters which had risen to the surface to bask in the luminous and beneficial light of the full moon.

Some even believed they were the result of Adam and Eve's tears after they had sinned.

In all events, men never lacked in imagination when it came to praising the value of black pearls as objects of purity or having extraordinary origins.