Tahitian Pearls’ “Peacock” Colour Range Is Added To GIA’s Pearl Reports

The Tahitian pearl, or cultivated pearl, is an oyster produced by the Pinctada margaritifera black-lipped pearl oyster. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is adding a report comment using the trade colour designation “Peacock” for defined colours of Tahitian pearls.

The colour spectrum that was referred to as “peacock” by the pearl trade was identified by GIA‘s industry analysis. A body colour with a green undertone, medium to strong saturation, a medium to dark tone, and a moderate to strong overtone (often pink, but may also be other colours) or orient are the general characteristics of that colour spectrum.

This pearl is frequently referred to as a “Tahitian” cultured pearl in the trade, and it falls into the exclusive colour range that is known as “peacock” (or a variation thereof). This comment will be added to any GIA pearl report when a pearl, strand, or jewellery item meets the carefully defined colour parameters for “Peacock.” There won’t be any extra charges for this modification.

Tom Moses, executive vice president and chief laboratory and research officer, stated: “This shift comes about following a year of investigating the historical and contemporary use of the colour word ‘Peacock,’ as well as taking industry comments into consideration. Addition of this descriptive trade-term to the report improves customer service in light of our sector’s findings and GIA‘s aim to empower consumers to make informed purchasing decisions.

Since 1949, GIA has been a pioneer in the grading and identification of both natural and cultivated pearls. It is in charge of working with major pearl enterprises throughout the world to produce thorough criteria for describing pearls. It has helped to update the US Federal Trade Commission‘s pearl rules for the jewellery sector. The GIA 7 Pearl Value FactorsTM are these criteria, and they include size, shape, colour, nacre, lustre, surface, and matching.

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