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For many years, Tahiti and the surrounding islands have been a mythical paradise get away for man. Today, one of natures most beautiful creations are being made, in the blue oceans and warm lagoons of Tahiti and the surrounding islands. The creation being spoke of are black pearls. These exotic gemss are thought of by many, as the symbol of purity and perfection. Back before man had the scientific knowledge to explain them, many legends and myths were created. The following paragraphs will discuss some of the myths associated with these beautiful creations.

In the orient, all pearls, including the black varieties, are often associated with tears from mythical nymphs and angels, intertwining happiness with suffering. One legend tells a story about Adam and Eve crying a lake a tears. Amid the lake of tears came pearls, white pearls from Eve, and black ones from Adam. The the black varieties are seen as more rare, and more precious because they came from the tears of man, who are generally in better control of their emotions, and cry far less tears, according to the legend. This is only one legend.

Another legend, likely originated from Polynesia, offering another suggestion about how these mysterious gems came to be. In this legend, a the God of Peace and Fertility, comes down to earth by sliding down on a rainbow. When he gets to earth, he offers a special type of pearl to man, to promote peace and fertility. There are many other legends involving Tahitian pearls, black in color, which are handed down from Polynesia.

Finally, according to modern legend, the exotic gems of the sea are formed from a flaw in nature. It is now believed that when a grain of sand enters on an oysters flesh, the oyster will instinctively cover the intruder, thus forming the exotic gemss.

From tales from the orient, to legends of the Polynesian, many myths and legends have been formed. But with modern day science and technology, we know for sure how black oysters are formed. Modern legends have been proven by modern science.

How Long Does It Take to Make a Beautiful "Pearl"? In the case of natural pearls, as we mentioned, it can take many years to create a beautiful Pearl. With a cultured pearls, cultivation. -- the amount of time in nucleus remains in the mollusk after the implant procedure -- normally ranges from about two years to six months, or less. The shorter the cultivation period, the thinner the nacre; the longer the cultivation period the thicker the nacre. If the cultivation period is too short, pearls will not last. Buyers must be careful not to buy pearls with nacre that is too thin. Many inexpensive pearls sold and special promotions have such thin nacre that it is already chipped in starting to peel. Be sure to look very carefully near the drill hole by the knots for any sign of chipping. If you see this, don't buy them; then nacre will soon come off and you will have worthless shell beats, not pearls.

The link of the cultivation period is a matter of serious debate today. At one time pearls remained in the oyster for much longer periods, up to five years; in the 1920s to 1940s, the cultivation period was much longer that it is today some most cultured pearls had very thick nacre. However, surfaces were more spotted. For culture Pearl growers today, escalating production costs and ever present natural risks to the oyster crop are reducing by shortening the cultivation., as are deviations in shape and imperfections across the surface of the Pearl. Each of Pearl producer must decide how to best to balance all the factors involved so that a lovely Pearl is produced, at an affordable price, without unnecessary risk, or nacre that is too thin. How Much of the Pearl Is Really "Pearl"? Primary physical differences between natural and cultured pearls are related to the thickness of the actual "Pearl" substance, the nacre.

The thickness of the nacre FX size, shape, beauty, and how long the Pearl will last. In cultured pearls, the size of the nucleus dictates the size of the Pearl; in cultured Pearl production, larger pearls are produced by inserting a larger nucleus, smaller pearls by implant in a smaller nucleus. The time required to produce a large culture Pearl is essentially the same as that required to produce a smaller cultured Pearl. In planting normally begins in January/February with harvesting in November. The largest nuclei are implanted first, to give them the advantage of a slightly longer cultivation.; the smallest are implanted last, sometimes several months later, and usually have a shorter cultivation period, but since the nucleus is smaller than the ratio of nacre is normally still comparable to larger pearls. While it takes several years to raise the mollusk and produce a find culture Pearl, natural pearls take many years, even for very small pearls. With natural pearls, the Pearl is an essentially all nacre, with no nucleus at its core. The process that creates the natural Pearl is usually started by a very small intruder, so the size of the Pearl is an indication of the number of years the Pearl has been in the mollusk rather then the size of an implant. Small natural pearls have normally been in the mollusk for a shorter time; larger pearls a much longer time. The Process that creates the cultured Pearl starts with a nucleus; smaller pearls have a smaller nucleus, larger pearls have a larger nucleus.