the colours of FIJI
“Based on GIA’s examination over the years of many thousands of cultured pearls from the black-lipped P. margaritifera oyster, the broad range of bodycolors exhibited in this relatively small sample set was remarkable. The hues ranged from blue and green (cool hues) to orange and yellow (warm hues), with many samples showing strong saturation. The cultured pearls from P. margaritifera typically occur in the cooler hues (e.g., blue-to-green), with darker tones showing higher saturation and lighter tones showing lower saturation. In contrast, those from the Pinctada maxima pearl oyster typically show warm hues (e.g., yellow), with higher saturation in the lighter tones and lower saturation in the darker tones. The Fijian cultured pearls that GIA examined were split between warm and cool hues, and many of the cool hues exhibited a lighter tone, often coupled with relatively high saturation.” Gem News International (GIA Journal 2009)
Fiji Pearls are world renown for their natural array of unique vibrant colours that are unmatched by any other pearling region. With limited harvests of less than 20,000 pearls per annum our ocean gems are coveted by pearl connoisseurs around the world for their rarity.
The exclusiveness of the Fiji Pearl is largely attributed to its humble host, the Fijian Pearl Oyster, Pinctada margaritifera-typica. A species that has proven to be difficult to cultivate due to the scarcity of wild population found in Fiji. However its distinctive characteristics, the unique earthy tones found on the shell exterior and wide spectrum of warm and cool mother of pearl hues displayed on the interior along with the bright orange mantle and body make this pearl oyster an exceptional host.
Delicious warm hued pearls come in bright shades of champagne, gold, copper, pistachio, cranberry, burgundy and chocolate. Tropical cooler hues include vivid green, blue, purple and silver-grey with pearls also displaying subtle to vivid overtones of turquoise, gold, dusty rose, violet or deep sapphire. Our Fiji Pearls range in size from 8-18mm, with an average size per harvest between 10.5-11mm.