French Polynesia dominates black South Sea cultured pearl production. Pearls from Pinctada margaritifera are also frequently called Tahitian pearls. Following first successes in the 1960s the industry has grown tremendously in recent decades.
16,7 tonnes (10,2 million pearls)*
67 million US$*
White and golden South Sea pearls
*Source: Maison de la Perle
Other black pearl farming regions
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