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The Original Black Pearl

      The Original Black Pearl For my 16th birthday, my parents gave me a black pearl embedded on a turtle-shaped mother-of-pearl shell (the necklace in my profile picture). I was immediately mesmerized by its entrancing beauty. Tahitian black pearls are not actually black, but a rainbow of colors on a dark surface which causes a wonderful contrast, and in my opinion is what makes them so desirable. According to Bora Bora Island Guide, “The darker the color, the more valuable the pearl.” I was thrilled to find out these pearls come in diverse hues, shapes,...