COLOURS OF FIJI
J. Hunter is world renown for their luminous and vibrant coloured Fijian Pearls that come in a array of exotic hues, unmatched by any other pearling region. With a limited harvest of 25,000 pearls per annum they are the world’s rarest pearls, coveted by many a pearl connoisseur.
The rarity and exclusiveness of the Fiji Pearl is largely attributed to it’s humble host, the Fijian Pearl Oyster, Pinctada margaritifera typica. Considerably difficult to source and farm due to their scarcity, these oysters have distinctive characteristics, notably their earthy toned shell exterior, the wide spectrum of both warm and cool hued mother of pearl and their unique bright orange body.
Warm hued pearls come in bright shades of champagne, gold, copper, pistachio, cranberry, burgundy and the rarest of all, the Fiji-chocolate. Cool hued pearls occur in shades of green, blue, purple and silvery-grey. Fiji pearls may also display luminous overtones of turquoise, coppery-gold, dusty rose, violet or deep sapphire. Fiji Pearls come in sizes of 9 – 18 millimetres, with an average size ranging between 10.5 – 11.0 millimetres.
“Based on GIA’s examination over the years of many thousands of cultured pearls from the black-lipped P. margaritifera oyster, the broad range of bodycolors exhibited in this relatively small sample set was remarkable. The hues ranged from blue and green (cool hues) to orange and yellow (warm hues), with many samples showing strong saturation. The cultured pearls from P. margaritifera typically occur in the cooler hues (e.g., blue-to-green), with darker tones showing higher saturation and lighter tones showing lower saturation. In contrast, those from the Pinctada maxima pearl oyster typically show warm hues (e.g., yellow), with higher saturation in the lighter tones and lower saturation in the darker tones. The Fijian cultured pearls that GIA examined were split between warm and cool hues, and many of the cool hues exhibited a lighter tone, often coupled with relatively high saturation. “
– Marisa Zachovay, Gemological Institute of America. 2008 Report.