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November 16, 2017

Black pearls are mysterious, extremely rare, and oh so exquisite. Of course, at Timeless Pearl we love all pearls, but black pearls hold a special place in our hearts because of their rarity and grace.

Tahitian black pearls are formed inside the black-lipped Pinctada margaritifera. The interior shell of this oyster is covered by a thick layer of black nacre. When a pearl forms against this layer, it soaks up the dark color; the nearer to the shell, the darker the pearl becomes. Pearls that form further away from the shell tend to develop a silvery-gray color.

Pearls farmers have found a way to replicate this process to produce black, or silver-gray pearls, without the need to dye them. One such example is Edison pearls, which you can find in our shop together with Tahitian and South Sea black pearls.

Here are a few jewelry pieces made of black and silver-gray pearls from our shop that we think you may like:


Zebra Fashion Pearl Necklace

If you’ve ever been on an African safari, you’ve probably seen zebras. This beautiful animal is one of nature’s special creations. Did you know that the stripes are unique to each zebra, just like human fingerprints? Own your own piece of Africa with this Zebra Fashion Pearl Necklace, made from shell, and black and white baroque pearls.

Silver-Gray Endless Pearl Necklace

These exquisite silver-gray beads compliment any outfit – whether you’re wearing a fashion-forward floral dress, an elegant LBD, or a rock-chick outfit, this Silver Gray Endless Pearl Necklace will be your faithful companion.

Complete Love Pearl Jewelry Set

If you’re looking for something to spruce up your little black dress, this delicate Complete Love Pearl Jewelry Set may be just what you’re looking for. The elegant, clean lines of the design, and the contrast of the sterling silver and zircon with the lustrous freshwater black pearls will make sure you steal the show.

Black Tahitian Pearl Ring

If you’re looking for something simple, but striking, this Black Tahitian Pearl Ring is a perfect choice. With a sterling silver band adorned by zircon gemstones and a 10mm-sized Tahitian black pearl, this exquisite ring will add a touch of sophistication to any outfit.

Tahitian Beauty Pearl Earrings

Celebrate your inner beauty with these white gold earrings. Each holds a small zircon and is completed by a lustrous Tahitian black pearl. These Tahitian Beauty Pearl Earrings are all you need to add a touch of elegance to your outfit and make heads turn everywhere you go.

Queen Dark Grey Pearl Necklace

Channel your inner queen with this Queen Dark Grey Pearl Necklace. This design comes in many pearl colors, but the striking dark grey Edison pearl against the 18k gold setting makes it a memorable piece.

Browse our shop for other jewelry designs made with black and silver-gray pearls.


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