Professional Jeweler Archive: Rainbow Hues

March 2001

Gemstones & Pearls/New Products

Rainbow Hues

Tahitian and South Sea cultured pearls show their colors

The focus on colorful jewelry has extended to Tahitian and South Sea cultured pearls in the past year, largely thanks to producers’ promotional efforts and consumers’ interest in more colorful accessories.


The cognoscenti among black Tahitian cultured pearl enthusiasts once sought out those with peacock green overtones. But discriminating consumers are growing more interested in other hues also. “They want to explore the color palette of Tahitian pearls and are asking directly for specific colors,” says Jennifer Jiunta, owner/president of Jennifer Jiunta Fine Jewelry, Atlanta, GA. The overtones to stock this year: purple, navy, aqua, silver gray and pistachio, as well as the traditional peacock green.

South Sea

White remains the most popular color for South Sea cultured pearls among U.S. consumers, but golden pearls are drawing more attention, especially among more sophisticated buyers. “However, they are still quite expensive, and people don’t quite know what to do with them,” says Ronna Lugosch, designer/owner of Lugosch Designs, Round Pond, ME.

Jewelry Styles

Strands are the most popular pearl jewelry style, even though the price of a strand of top-quality Tahitian and South Sea cultured pearls can reach into the stratosphere.

Also popular, and less expensive, is a solitaire pearl on a fine platinum chain. “This elegant and versatile style can be worn with jeans or a strappy dress and still make a statement,” says Jiunta. Also look for creative use of these pearls in brooches and earrings.

Trend on the horizon: more pearls with yellow gold. “Yellow gold adds a richer, warmer, more feminine look that blends and enhances the dreamy luster of pearls,” says Lugosch.

– Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.

14k yellow and white gold ring is set with a 9mm Tahitian black cultured pearl and 0.16 carat of G-H/SI1 diamonds. Suggested retail, $1,137.50.

Frank Reubel, Flagler Beach, FL; (888) 439-0272, fax (904) 439-1318.

14k gold rings feature 9.5-10mm Tahitian cultured pearls. Suggested retail, $1,100-$2,500.

Livingstone Jewelry, Los Angeles, CA; (800) 654-3394, fax (213) 683-0422.

18k white gold necklace contains 31 black Tahitian cultured pearls and 3.30 carats of full-cut diamonds. Keystone, $15,750.

Carl K. Gumpert Inc./Pacific Gem Cutters, Los Angeles, CA; (213) 626-6531, fax (213) 627-4406.

18k gold ring has a 10.5mm black Tahitian cultured pearl and 0.06-ct. diamond accent. Suggested retail, $1,100.

Breuning, Lawrenceville, GA; (678) 377-1673, fax (678) 377-1674.

Platinum and black Tahitian cultured pearl suite features diamond accents. The ring is set with 2.21 carats of diamonds and retails for $6,400. The earrings are set with 1.0 carat of diamonds and retail for $7,000. The slider pendant has 1.0 carat of diamonds and retails for $6,400.

K&K Jewelry, Los Angeles, CA; (800) 824-9936 or (213) 627-4207, fax (213) 627-2603.

“Wrapsody” earrings are crafted in 18k gold and mounted with 10mm Tahitian cultured pearls and 0.03 carat of diamonds. Suggested retail, $1,720.

Lugosch Designs, Round Pond, ME; (800) 299-7734 or (207) 529-6050, fax (207) 529-7000,,

Golden Tahitian cultured pearls and diamond accents adorn this 14k gold ring and enhancer. Suggested retail, $1,090 for the ring, $1,590 for the enhancer.

Mazza/Bartholomew Ltd., New York City; (212) 935-4530, fax (212) 355-7801.

Multihued Tahitian cultured pearl bracelet is available in all pearl sizes.

Jiunta Fine Jewelry, Atlanta, GA; (404) 876-2060, fax (404) 876-2062.

16mm faceted Tahitian cultured pearls and bicolor tourmalines are set in yellow gold enhancers. Suggested retail, $2,500 each.

Neshama, Los Angeles, CA; (310) 446-0628, fax (310) 446-6623.

16-in. 18k gold snake chain holds an acorn pendant with a golden South Sea cultured pearl. Suggested retail, $2,584.

Pedro Boregaard, New York City; (212) 826-3660, fax (212) 826-3722.

Platinum and 18k gold earrings feature 10mm black Tahitian cultured pearls with white and blue irradiated diamond accents. Keystone, $4,600.

John/Christine Designs, Middleton, WI; (608) 836-1885.

Photo by Azad.

18k yellow gold pin with granulation is set with a 13mm black Tahitian cultured pearl. Suggested retail, $3,600.

Krespi & White Jewelry, Oakland, CA; (800) 927-0727, fax (510) 420-0863.

14k gold swirl pendant holds a 9mm black Tahitian cultured pearl and 0.14 carat of diamonds. Suggested retail, $654.

Steven Lee Designs, Aiea, HI; (808) 488-1000, fax (808) 487-3159.

Photo by Azad.

18k white gold necklace features two 12mm x 14mm South Sea cultured pearls and 1.31 carats of diamonds. Suggested retail, $4,800.

Art Import, New York City; (800) 246-3746 or (212) 840-3995, fax (212) 768-7295.

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