The Colours of Fiji

World renown for our unique and rare array of iridescent rainbow coloured pearls unmatched by any other pearling region. With limited harvests of less than 30,000 pearls per annum our ocean gems are coveted by pearl connoisseurs around the world for their rarity. The exclusiveness of our Fiji Pearls is largely attributed to our humble host, the Fijian pearl oyster, Pinctada margaritifera-typica. A species that has proven difficult to cultivate locally due to the scarcity of it’s wild population found on coral reefs around Fiji.

Distinctive characteristics that make this pearl oyster an exceptional host include the earthy hues of the exterior shell, the wide spectrum of warm and cool colours displayed on the shells interior lip (mother of pearl) and the commonly found orange oyster body and mantle.

Our pearls come in luscious warm hues of champagne, gold, copper, pistachio, cranberry, burgundy-rose, chocolate and taupe. Cooler hues range from exotic vivid green, olive green, ink blue, tropical lagoon blue, vivid violet and silvery-grey. In addition to these striking body colours our pearls often display subtle to intense overtones of bright gold, dusty rose, apple-green, turquoise, and deep sapphire. The colours of our Fiji Pearls are just as nature intended, and are not dyed or colour enhanced in any way.

“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, Journal 2009.