Legends of the Tahitian Black Pearl

by Joanne BRENT November 07, 2019

Legends of the Tahitian Black Pearl

Legends of the Tahitian Black Pearl

It’s really no secret that the Tahitian black pearl is considered the crown-jewel of Polynesian sea-bed inspired jewelry. The mysterious hue coupled with the allure of pearls has also given rise to many legends and stories about how these incredible gems originated. After all, it has become an emblem of Polynesian richness and heritage, it’s natural that folklore would reflect this magnificence too.

A Gift from the Gods

Today, pearl farmers in Tahiti are responsible for carefully culturing black pearls for export. However, the legend about where these particular mollusks (Pinctada Margaritifera) first came from suggests these were a gift from the gods. The story is that the Creator gave pearls to “Tane” (God of Harmony and Beauty) who used them to make the stars, as well as gifted them to “Rua Hatu” (God of the Ocean). “Oro” (God of War and Peace) then gifted the black pearl-producing oysters to humans, and ever since “Te ufi” has thrived in the lagoons of Tahiti.

It’s also said that “Oro” gave the first two mythical pearls to a Polynesian princess. The “Poe Rava” (the extraordinary peacock colored pearl) and “Poe Konini” (the sculptural circled pearl).

A Gift from the Moon

Another dreamy and romantic story about the Tahitian black pearl tells us about how the moon is actually responsible for its production. The legend speaks of how the moon bathes the ocean with its light to attract the oysters to the ocean surface. It then bestows heavenly dew upon each one of the surfaced oysters. With the passing of time, the treasured drop of heavenly dew is then polished and shrouded in garments of blue, green, gold and pink - radiating the colors of Tahitian pearls.

In rare cases, the drop of heavenly dew is shrouded in a garment that makes the pearl appear black. These are highly treasured gifts from the moon!

Pearl of Queens & Queen of Pearls

There are a great deal more legends and mysterious stories about the beautiful Tahitian black pearl. In the past, it’s this reverence that often led to the jewel being worn only by royalty. Today, you’re able to buy these incredible gems from trusted suppliers like Namaka. Browse through our collections, many of which also feature the legendary Tahitian black pearl. Don’t hesitate to contact us for any assistance you may require!





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