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Tahitian Pearls - Tides of Change

Posted by Kevin Canning on 11/7/2016 to General

This innocent looking piece of paper is very important…

It's an official document from the Government of French Polynesia, that states these pearls have passed inspection and are legal for export.

export certified Tahitian Pearls

Since 1998 the French Polynesia government (Maison de la Perliculture) has mandated that all exported Tahitian pearls must be inspected(via X-ray) and certified to have at least .8mm of nacre on each side of the pearl.

Pearls not up to snuff are destroyed.

Hard to watch if you’re the pearl farmer, but important to guarantee a certain standard of product. 

New to Tahitian Pearls?

Read My Blog Post: “3 Facts You MUST Know About Tahitian Pearls”

Tides Of Change

This spring(2016) Tahiti passed a new law that would see the nacre thickness requirement removed.

Starting January 2017 Tahitian pearls will no longer be subject to inspection before export.

What does this mean for the future of Tahitian pearls?

I'm not sure yet...

But I worry some farmers will stop focusing on quality and opt for shorter growth cycles.

Meaning we may have less top quality pearls on the market – and prices would go up.

At the very least I expect to see a flood of thin nacre Tahitians hitting the likes of Amazon and E-Bay.

Not Good.

The Time To Buy...

Not one to watch from the sidelines, I believe there is an opportunity here.

So I reached out to friend in French Polynesia(see Rikitea Bribe) and told him:

 “I want in… I want ALL-IN, before the law changes. What can you do for me?”

Carefully measuring his words he told me

“Listen Kevin, most farmers are waiting for the next auction to try their luck.”

Not willing to give up I replied, “I know… But I have cash and I’m ready to buy.”

The phone went quiet for a minute... I quickly looked at my phone to make sure we were still connected.

With a little hesitation, he finally answered.

“Ok… I know a farmer in Tuamotus that has some big lots. They’re graded, inspected and ready for export. But can’t promise anything. I'm pretty sure he's waitin' on auction”

That’s all I needed to hear.

Several late night skype calls, some tough negotiating, and over $200,000 in “single-origin” loose Tahitian pearls were in my office for final approval.

Some pearls didn't make the cut, but the vast majority were:
  • AA – AAA quality
  • A Wide range of colors
  • Had shapes ranging from round to baroque
  • Govt. certified .8mm+ nacre thickness.
All in all a fantastic mixed lot of pearls.

So for the last two weeks I’ve been chained to my work bench. Sorting, matching, drilling and preparing strands for a massive promotion.

Kevin Canning Matching Pearls work bench with Tahitian Pearls matching strands of Tahitian pearls measuring Tahitian pearls multi-color tahtian pearls mixed strands of Tahitian pearls

If you'd like to find out when this Tahitian pearl sale launches, join my email list now.

 In the meantime... If you enjoyed this post, leave a comment below.

 I personal read and respond to each one.

Kevin Canning
President, Pearls Of Joy

P.S. - Just for fun, here's a cool slo-mo video of $100,000+ of Tuamotu archipelago silver Tahitian Pearls

Reader Comments

Date 2/7/2018
Kevin - I adore Tahitian pearls - the peacock color one is my favorite. Do you ever sell those by themselves? Reason why - I want to have a ring with one. It doesn’t seem that you sell rings and I haven’t seen any peacock colored pearls on your site. Hope to hear from you soon. Warm regards Danielle
Date 3/18/2018
Maria Visser
Are all Tahitian pearls dyed ,or just some off them
Date 3/18/2018
Maria Visser
Are all Tahitian pearls dyed ,or just some off them

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