Tahitian pearls

Welcome to the world of Tahitian Pearls

Sibani Perles jewelery combines the art of jewelery with the authenticity of the Tahitian pearl in order to offer you the widest range of the most beautiful jewellery.

The infinite varieties of color shades offered by the Tahitian pearl inspire the creation of Sibani Perles jewelry and make them unique.

Our collections, elegant and current, correspond to the desires of today's woman.

The birth of Tahitian Pearl

A cultured pearl is a real jewel of the sea, born from the joint efforts of nature, man and mother-of-pearl. It is the creative forces of nature that give the pearl its form and its rare beauty. While gemstones need to be polished before they shine, pearls already have a warm glow right out of the oyster.

The birth of a pearl is nevertheless an exciting event. Imagine a pearl oyster gently rocking on the bottom of the sea, just filtering plankton, its only food, water. One day, an intruder – like a grain of sand – enters the oyster's body in such a way that it is unable to expel it. A defensive action is then triggered in the form of the secretion of nacre – the nacreous material which accumulates in concentric layers around the intruder and hardens to form the pearl.

Cultured pearls are formed in the same way as natural pearls, except for one small detail. Man plays nature's role by introducing an irritant into the oyster - the pit - then steps aside to allow nature to do its job.

Proof of Divine Love

Each civilization has its own legend about the birth of the pearl. Yet all of them speak of a very special connection with a natural or divine phenomenon.

In Polynesia, legend has it that Oro, a revered ancestral god, descended to Earth riding his rainbow. He fell in love with the beautiful princess of Bora Bora and created a black pearl from a piece of firmament to win the heart of his beloved. The beautiful princess then threw the jewel into the sea as an offering, where it was caught by a giant oyster. Happy to have moved his princess that day, Oro granted mother-of-pearl the gift of an infinite reproduction of this original pearl, from a simple grain of sand.

In all traditions, the pearl has always been considered a gift from nature or from God. Pearl jewelry brings happiness and makes women fertile. The pearl offers purity and innocence to the wearer. It purifies body and soul; it brings peace.

The mysterious beauty of the pearl gives it magical powers. It fills the woman with an energy that promotes fertility while confirming her self-esteem.

Mother-of-pearl and pearl are associated with marine cosmologies as well as sexual symbolism. They contribute mana, the sacred energy mainly concentrated in the crystal clear waters of the lagoons.

The magnificent pearl oyster is a subliminal symbol of a woman's creative force. The bringing together and releasing of the pearl is eerily reminiscent of human pregnancy and childbirth. This similarity certainly helped spread the belief in the magical powers of pearls.

For the ancient Greeks, the pearl was the emblem of love and marriage. It promoted fertility and positively influenced harvests. Mystical links and stories associating pearls with women can be found in several countries including Indonesia, Melanesia, Oceania and Persian Gulf.

In Hindu culture, pearls are associated with the Moon and are a symbol of love and purity. This tradition has it that the god Krishna discovers the first pearl and offers it to his daughter on her wedding day.

In the Tuamotu atolls and in the Gambier Islands, cradle of the Tahitian pearl, when a young woman is lucky enough to become pregnant, lovers say they have heard "the song of the pearls".

The legend also says that the pearls are the tears of the gods deposited every day in the mother-of-pearl when the dew forms. They bring love and fertility. They are a symbol of purity and ward off evil.

Today, people still choose to give pearls as a token of unparalleled love. Jewelers around the world covet this gem for its beauty, purity and authenticity. By painting it with the most noble materials and the most precious stones, the creators of SIBANI Perles Joaillier are at the origin of priceless jewels.

A SINGLE OBJECTIVE, EXCELLENCE

The 1980s and 1990s saw exceptional development for the Tahitian cultured pearl. Suddenly, in 1985, the oyster beds fell ill due to several factors, leading to the scarcity of Tahitian cultured pearls. Their price skyrocketed to 9,000 francs per gram (the current equivalent of USD75). Everyone wanted to get their hands on "a black pearl".

As president of the section of French foreign trade advisers in Polynesia and vice-president of the Asia-Pacific zone for twelve years, Didier Sibani presented the Tahitian pearl in French embassies and representations around the world. Beyond these international commitments, he took special care of his jewelry, guaranteeing its finesse and perfection at all times. The quality of this commitment earned it the prestigious Fondexpa prize in 1995 – Grand Prix for export – in the arts and crafts category, awarded by Mr. Alain Madelin, French Minister of Trade and Crafts. Only one among the many distinctions won by Didier Sibani.

Varieties of the Pearls

Tahitian pearls

The main places of production are the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Gambier Archipelago and the Cook Islands. The period of cultivation of Tahitian Pearls is 18 months. The "Pinctada Margaritifera" can only receive one nucleus. The size of the Tahitian Pearl varies between 7.5 and 16 mm; the main colors are gray, green, blue and aubergine.

south sea pearls

"Pinctada Maxima ", located in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Burma, can only receive one nucleus. The average time of the culture of the south sea pearls varies from 18 to 24 months. Their sizes range between 9 to 18 mm and the dominant colors are white, cream and yellow.

Akoya Pearls

The culture period of Akoya pearls varies from 8 months to 2 years. Found mainly in Japan and China, the "Pinctada Fucata Martensii" can receive between 1 and 5 nuclei; the shape of Akoya is mostly round or oval and its size ranges from 2 to 10 mm. A harvest of Akoya pearls naturally includes the colors white, cream and yellow.

Freshwater pearls

The period of the culture of the freshwater pearls varies from one to five years according to the dimension of the shell "Hyriopsis Chlegeli " located in the seas of China and Japan. Between 40 to 50 grafts can be established in mother-of-pearl. The freshwater pearls adopt all the possible forms, their sizes vary from 2 to 10 mm.

A SINGLE OBJECTIVE, EXCELLENCE

Pearls are the pearly concretions secreted inside the oysters. The trade name, Cultured Pearl of Tahiti, is exclusively reserved for pearls produced by grafting a black-lipped Pinctada Margaritifera oyster of the Cumingui variety. They have a continuous nacreous layer which does not reveal its core, even by transparency.

Pearls are characterized by a diversity of shapes, sizes, surface quality, luster and several shades of natural colors.

Shape of Tahitian Pearls

The shape of the pearl determines its value. Bead shapes can be divided into different main groups:

Here are the groups in order of value:

  • Round: perfect or nearly perfect sphere with a rate of change in diameter less than 2%. Round pearls are highly prized, but rare, hence the most sought after pearls.
  • Semi-round: slightly deformed sphere with a diameter variation rate between 2% and 5%.
  • Semi-baroque: pearl with at least one axis of rotation. They are divided into several families:
    • les Gouttes: semi-baroque, ovoid in shape.
    • Buttons: semi-baroque with at least one flat face.
    • the Ovals: semi-baroque elliptical shape with an axis of revolution and a perpendicular plane of symmetry.
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  • Baroque: irregular shape without any axis of revolution. They inspire the creation of original jewelry.
  • Circled: bead characterized by one or more concentric circles.

The round pearl has always been considered as the most expensive and the most recognized pearl shape.
​Choosing a pearl with a less round shape offers a good compromise to buy a cheaper pearl.

Size of Pearls

Size is determined by dropping the pearl through a series of circular sieves. It is measured in increments of 0.5 mm.

The diameter of the Tahitian cultured pearl is generally between 7.5 and 16 mm, the rarest being up to 18 mm. The size has a significant impact on the price. The size depends on the width of the nucleus and the thickness of the nacre layers secreted by the oyster.

Quality Surface

A pearl’s “skin” can be appraised by observing the characteristics of its surface. Surface characteristics include all alterations on the pearl’s surface such as punctures, stripes, deposits, wrinkles and outgrowths. Parliament regulation No. 2001-88 APF of July 12, 2001 defines four basic qualities—A, B, C, D.

The regulation of the Parliament n° 2001-88 APF of July 12, 2001 defines four fundamental qualities: A, B, C, D.

Quality A: Pearls presenting at most one visible defect or a localized group of imperfections concentrated on less than 10% of its surface. They have a very nice luster.

Quality B: Pearls presenting some imperfections over a maximum of 30% of its surface. Good or average luster.

Quality C: Pearls presenting imperfections over at most 60% of its surface. Average luster.

Quality DPearls presenting imperfections over more than 60% of its surface, or pearls without luster

Caring for Pearls

Pearls are made up of organic material and can retain their beautiful luster for centuries if worn regularly. They are naturally hydrated in contact with the air and the skin, retaining their radiance.

Store your pearls separately from other jewels in an individual jewelry box or a fabric bag.

Store the pearls in slightly damp linen if they are in a very dry atmosphere, or keep them near a glass of water.

Rinse pearls immediately if they come into contact with acidic, chemical or food products. Use a soft damp cloth with pure water, then dry the beads with another cloth.

Wipe pearls dry after they have been worn using a dry cloth.

Rethread the pearls of your necklace to preserve them and prevent the thread from breaking.

AVOID

Any contact with:

  • Make-up, sun products, hairspray and perfume,
  • Soap, detergent, chlorinated water and all acidic products,
  • Talc, dirt and sand,
  • scratches caused by other crystal stones or metal jewelry,
  • Vinegar vapors and fruit juice acids.

CAUTION

Pearls do not tolerate temperatures above 100°C; avoid exposing them to (or storing them near) a heat source.

Also, the owner must be careful not to let the pearl be dehydrated if it remains in a cotton cloth for too long.

Jewel Cleaning

Jewelry gets dirty and needs to be cleaned regularly. Our cleaning service allows your jewelry to regain its original shine.

Resizing

Time passes and it is often necessary to change the size of a ring, the length of a necklace or a bracelet. Our workshop offers this service.

Repair / Conversion

You have jewelry that you no longer wear because it is out of fashion or broken. We will transform them into trendy jewelry .

Creation

You know exactly what jewelry you'd like, but you can't find it in the store. We are here to bring it to life.

Welcome to the world of Tahitian Pearls

Ia orana e Maeva, I am happy to invite you into the magical world that has been mine for over 50 years and we, my team and I, are happy to share with you our love for the Tahitian Pearl, the queen of pearls .