Hele~ Tahitian Black Pearl Necklaces

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The pearls will range in size from 8.8 - 9.5mm and the spectrum of color ranges within mostly green tones and includes shades of blue, red and silver. Variations between the pearls will exist and that is what makes each pearl a unique, rare and valuable gem.

HELE ~ Tahitian Black Pearl Necklaces

~Pearls~
The pearls used in Hele necklaces are circled Tahitian black pearls, chosen for their consistency and exotic look. They are called "circled" black pearls because of the circular patterns within their surface. Though no two pearls are alike, each pearl is hand selected for its size, appearance, color, and luster to be consistent and uniform with all pearls in this collection. The pearls are consistent with the export laws and regulations of the government of French Polynesia. No artificial or manufacturing process has been used to alter or enhance them. The color, luster and finish of each pearl is guaranteed to be natural.
The pearls will range in size from 8.8 - 9.5mm and the spectrum of color ranges within mostly green tones and includes shades of blue, red and silver. Variations between the pearls will exist and that is what makes each pearl a unique, rare and valuable gem.
~Necklace~
The necklace is a leather cord, specially made for Hele in Greece to meet our specific durability and quality standards. We have found this to be the best material for its natural feel, drape, and durability.
~Clasp Metals~
The pendant of the Tiare necklace is made from 14kt white gold, chosen for its durability over silver in a saltwater environment. The clasps for all necklaces are a silver plated base metal that has better wear qualities than silver. We are currently developing a necklace with no metal components, making it even more surf-friendly.

The clasp and leather junction is secured with a proprietary method that ensures strength and durability (a patent is currently pending for this process). Note: Except where noted these pieces are designed without gold findings and at a length specified.
~Packaging~
Each Piece is shipped in a specially designed gift package. The jewelry comes soft mounted on a presentation card that contains a certificate of origin and instructions on caring for the pearl.
~About the Pearl Farm~
The farm is located on the island of Raiatea in French Polynesia. The farm itself sits on the lagoon side of a fringing reef off the west coast of the Island. The farm is small by comparison to large commercial operations, giving us more flexibilty and control over product quality.

Since the first pearl was harvested, the farm has produced several thousands of world-class pearls. It could be the water or the location of the reef, we're not sure, but our pearls are consistently among the best produced in French Polynesia.

The quality of a pearl is directly linked to the health of the oyster producing it. The cleaner the environment, the healthier the oyster. We have spent a great deal of our lives in the ocean and feel a responsibility to make sure our farm does not negatively impact the lagoons ecosystem.

For nearly ten years we have worked to create and utilize a unique enviroment around the farm that uses the reefs own ecosystem to keep the oyster beds clean and healthy. Today we work with the feeding habits of the fish on the reef and move the oysters to purposely build platforms near the reef where the fish have cleaning stations. Not only do we have clean and healthy oysters, we have a thriving fish population as well.
~The Process~
The process of "planting" and maturing a pearl within an oyster is called, "grafting". This involves inserting a pearl nucleus into an oyster. We have some of the best grafters in the business and have developed special methods to ensure the highest quality in our pearls.

Once an oyster is grafted, it is returned to the water where it stays for well over a year. Periodically, they are checked to see how the pearl is developing. Removing a pearl from an oyster requires surgical precision. When the pearl is ready to be harvested, the mature pearl is removed from the oyster, a new nucleus is inserted and the cycle continues. Continual grafting of an oyster will produce a pearl about every 18 months. The average oyster will produce 3 to 5 pearls in its lifetime, producing larger and larger pearls as it grows older.

The color and luster of each pearl is derived from the inside of the shell of the oyster that produces it. This is the result of light refracting off prismatic layers within the shell. We have spent a great deal of time studying this process and the growth cycle of oysters, in an effort to continually improve the quality of pearls produced at Hele.

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