Naturally formed, these pearls are extremely rare. Only one oyster in the world creates pearls in this range of colors and sizes, the Pinctada Margaritifera oyster, which grows to an exceptional 10 pounds or more. Today, these pearls are cultured in lagoons off Tahiti, making it possible to protect the future of this once endangered oyster and to provide for the jewelry trade.
Traditionally, black pearl earrings have had conservative designs focused on the pearl itself. Today's quality pearl earrings offer a much wider range of design options to satisfy every woman's fashion interests.
As a result, the range of black pearl earring designs available today is unparalleled. The classic studs we've always loved are still available. Some are crowned with a decorative cap or surrounded with a decorative collar, often encrusted with diamonds. Traditional cocktail earrings dangle the pearl from a delicate embellishment of diamond pave.
But a new range of design options dangle these special gems from delicate chains or heavier links. Baroque teardrops are linked to the earwire by a variety of interesting caps. New designs mix black pearls with pink sapphires. Designs that hearken to the retro 1960s or the vintage Edwardian era beckon are one of the most famous in the world.