A pair of large Tahitian pearl brooches, each with 16 diamonds set in 18K gold - vintage A pair of Tahitian pearl and diamond brooches showing one from the front and one from the back Two large Tahitian pearl brooches pinned to the lapel of a tweed blazer with silk scarf A pair of Tahitian pearl and diamond brooches showing the pin mechanism Two Tahitian pearl and diamond brooches shown US quarter coin for scale. Brooches 2 inches in diameter and 1.75 inches in diameter respectivly. Detail photo of two large Tahitian pearl brooches pinned to a lapel, showing 16 diamonds in each brooch Tahitian pearl brooch showing 18K yellow gold pin mechanism and back of brooch

Perles Fleurs


Flowery Tahitian Pearl & Diamond Brooches


The brooch is back!  Satiny Tahitian pearls blossom into baroque flowers in these vintage retro brooches, graced by dewdrops of diamonds set in 18K yellow gold. Worn as a pair or solo, these brooches are heavy and want a cashmere blazer, camelhair coat or pashima scarf to pin properly. They would also look fabulous worn at the waist as an accent to a satin belt, or as the highlight on a strappy gown. Madeleine Albright would know just when to wear them for maximum impact!


designer: unknown


details each brooch:

  • diameter:  2 inches and 1.75 inches respectively
  • Pearls: 9 baroque Tahitian pearls each brooch
  • diamonds:  16 each brooch, .75 tcw each brooch
  • designer:  unknown
  • era:  1970's
  • gold content:  18K
  • gold weight: 8 grams (estimated)
  • marks: 18K


$8900 for the pair

items: P 00001 & P 00002
availability: one-of-a-kind


CONTACT: 520-906-7187


about Tahitian Pearls:


Exotic black pearls from the Pinctada margaritifera or Black-lip pearl oyster, are more commonly known as Tahitian pearls. These pearls are often referred to as black, but have a remarkable color range that covers the spectrum - from light, creamy white and grey, to regal greens, iridescent peacock and deep black. Tahitian pearls are relative newcomers to the pearl world, popularized only as early as the mid-1970's by the efforts of Jean Claude Brouillet, Salvador Assael, Robert Wan and others.


Unlike the more common pearl types, Tahitian pearls typically have a naturally dark body color. These pearls have become some of the most sought-after, expensive pearls in the world. Because of their vast color range, matching these pearls into a finished strand is an enormous task requiring thousands of loose pearls to create a single strand.


Tahitian pearls are considered to be the second most valuable commercially farmed pearls in the world. Tahitians come by their dark nacre color naturally. Tahitian pearls are bead-nucleated, but unlike akoya pearls, the nacre is typically very thick. The thinnest nacre allowed by French Polynesian law for export is 0.8 mm, which is a depth that would be considered, in the Akoya world, extremely thick.


Cultured Tahitian Pearls debuted in the early 1970's and have become the iconic "Black Pearl" of the black lipped pearl oyster Pinctada margaritifera cultivated in French Polynesia. These pearls actually exhibit the widest spectrum of colors of any salt water pearl from almost black to peacock green, eggplant pistachio silver, blue and sometimes almost white. Pinctada margaritifera occupies a wide range throughout the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Sudan, Papua New Guinea, Australia, French Polynesia, Fiji, Cook Islands, Indonesia, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Southwestern part of the Indian Ocean, Japan and the Pacific Ocean, and various locations on the coast of India.




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