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Black Pearl Necklaces

Included in the ranks of the world’s rarest beauties, black pearls evoke an exotic and enticing air. Their impressive color and infrequent appearance make them a true treasure to acquire.

Indigenous to the South Pacific around the Tahitian islands, the black pearl is produced by only one species of oyster, known as the giant black-lipped oyster. In some regards, the name “black” is a misnomer: these pearls actually come in a range of shades, from a deep olive green to a purple-tinged indigo. Though these shades are treasured today, when these pearls first came into the European market in the mid-19th century they received little attention.

At the time, only the ivory white luster of the pearl was prized. In a few years time, however, the fashion forward Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, discovered black pearls and began wearing them with increasing frequency. Soon their rarity and extreme beauty transformed them into coveted couture, a love that continues today.


Quick Facts

  • Black pearls are 100 times more rare than their white counterparts
  • The American Pearl Company holds the title of having harvested one of the finest black pearls ever recorded. Known as “Black Beauty,” this black pearl weighs a total of 6.5 carats and offers a brilliant iridescent sheen that has yet to be rivaled
  • The new record price to beat for a black pearl necklace was set in April 2015: a four-strand black pearl necklace sold at Christie’s auction house in New York for $5,093,000

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Akoya Black Pearl Ladies Hand Knotted Necklace With 53 Pearls With Hook Clasp
Sep 28, 10:00 PM EDT
Akoya Black Pearl Ladies Hand Knotted Necklace With 53 Pearls With Hook Clasp
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $400- $600
$1500 Bids
AKOYA BLACK PEARL LADIES HAND KNOTTED NECKLACE WITH 53 PEARLS WITH HOOK CLASP
Oct 18, 10:00 PM EDT
AKOYA BLACK PEARL LADIES HAND KNOTTED NECKLACE WITH 53 PEARLS WITH HOOK CLASP
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $400- $600
$1500 Bids
Necklace of black pearl & red coral
Oct 06, 10:00 AM CEST
Necklace of black pearl & red coral
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
13.03-15.90mm Black Cultured Tahitian Pearl Necklace (GIA CERTIFIED)
Sep 30, 12:15 PM EDT
13.03-15.90mm Black Cultured Tahitian Pearl Necklace (GIA CERTIFIED)
by OG Collections
Est: $3,100- $5,320
$1,3000 Bids
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Scarce Black Tahitian Pearl 14K Necklace
Oct 22, 9:00 AM MDT
Scarce Black Tahitian Pearl 14K Necklace
by North American Auction Company
Est: $3,500- $6,500
$1,2000 Bids
Necklace of agate and black pearl
Oct 06, 10:00 AM CEST
Necklace of agate and black pearl
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Est: €0- €0
€1000 Bids
Black pearls necklace
Oct 04, 3:00 PM CEST
Black pearls necklace
by Ansuini 1860 Auctions
Est: €360- €720
€3600 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Black Pearl Necklaces


Twents Veilinghuis

Twents Veilinghuis

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Lawsons

Lawsons

North American Auction Company

North American Auction Company