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

Recommended Items at Auction

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ZOE B. Amethyst & Tahitian Pearl Necklace,14kClasp
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
ZOE B. Amethyst & Tahitian Pearl Necklace,14kClasp
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $100- $200
$12 Bids
3 pc large lacquer with mother of pearl inlaid
Oct 18, 2:00 PM PDT
3 pc large lacquer with mother of pearl inlaid
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$301 Bid
tahiti pearl necklace
Oct 22, 6:00 PM CEST
tahiti pearl necklace
by Auktionshaus Rheine
Est: €200- €220
€800 Bids
PEARL CHAIN
Oct 22, 6:00 PM CEST
PEARL CHAIN
by Auktionshaus Rheine
Est: €140- €180
€1000 Bids
Ladies Tahitian Pearl Choker Style Necklace with 18K Gold Plated Clasp
Oct 19, 6:00 PM EDT
Ladies Tahitian Pearl Choker Style Necklace with 18K Gold Plated Clasp
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $250- $350
$1500 Bids
PEARL CHAIN
Oct 22, 6:00 PM CEST
PEARL CHAIN
by Auktionshaus Rheine
Est: €160- €200
€800 Bids
CARNEOL - CHAIN
Oct 22, 6:00 PM CEST
CARNEOL - CHAIN
by Auktionshaus Rheine
Est: €120- €150
€900 Bids
Crosspendant with cultured pearls
Oct 29, 12:00 PM CEST
Crosspendant with cultured pearls
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €120- €480
€1200 Bids
CERTIFIED 18K GOLD DIAMOND SOUTHSEA PEARL NECKLACE
Oct 17, 11:00 AM EDT
CERTIFIED 18K GOLD DIAMOND SOUTHSEA PEARL NECKLACE
by Confiscated Assets Auctioneers
Est: $15,000- $16,800
$500 Bids
18K White Gold Chain With Diamonds, White & Tahiti Pearls. Total weight 19.5 grams. 29 1/2" long.
Oct 19, 4:00 PM EDT
18K White Gold Chain With Diamonds, White & Tahiti Pearls. Total weight 19.5 grams. 29 1/2" long.
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
15 - 17mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
Oct 17, 5:00 AM PDT
15 - 17mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
by Riverside Galleries, Inc
Est: $12,580- $18,500
$500 Bids
10 - 12mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
Oct 17, 5:00 AM PDT
10 - 12mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
by Riverside Galleries, Inc
Est: $9,180- $13,500
$500 Bids
11-13mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
Oct 17, 5:00 AM PDT
11-13mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
by Riverside Galleries, Inc
Est: $10,370- $15,250
$500 Bids
Akoya Black Pearl Ladies Hand Knotted Necklace With 53
Oct 20, 6:00 PM EDT
Akoya Black Pearl Ladies Hand Knotted Necklace With 53
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
12-14.5mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
Oct 19, 5:00 AM PDT
12-14.5mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
by Riverside Galleries, Inc
Est: $10,880- $16,000
$500 Bids
17.5" strand of Tahitian pearls
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
17.5" strand of Tahitian pearls
by Gulfcoast Coin and Jewelry
Est: $5,000- $6,000
$1,4000 Bids
17.5" strand of Tahitian pearls
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
17.5" strand of Tahitian pearls
by Gulfcoast Coin and Jewelry
Est: $4,500- $5,000
$1,3500 Bids
11-13mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
Oct 18, 5:00 AM PDT
11-13mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
by Riverside Galleries, Inc
Est: $10,540- $15,500
$500 Bids
11-13mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
Oct 20, 5:00 AM PDT
11-13mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
by Riverside Galleries, Inc
Est: $10,370- $15,250
$500 Bids
12-14.5mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
Oct 20, 5:00 AM PDT
12-14.5mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
by Riverside Galleries, Inc
Est: $11,220- $16,500
$500 Bids
12-14.5mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
Oct 21, 5:00 AM PDT
12-14.5mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
by Riverside Galleries, Inc
Est: $10,880- $16,000
$500 Bids
Victorian Pearl Earrings c.1880s
Nov 05, 12:00 PM EDT
Victorian Pearl Earrings c.1880s
by Ridgleys
Est: $1,100- $1,650
$1,1000 Bids
15 - 17mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
Oct 21, 5:00 AM PDT
15 - 17mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
by Riverside Galleries, Inc
Est: $12,580- $18,500
$500 Bids
10 - 12mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
Oct 21, 5:00 AM PDT
10 - 12mm Natural Black Pearl Necklace
by Riverside Galleries, Inc
Est: $9,180- $13,500
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Black Pearl Necklaces


Riverside Galleries, Inc

Riverside Galleries, Inc

Auktionshaus Rheine

Auktionshaus Rheine

Gulfcoast Coin and Jewelry

Gulfcoast Coin and Jewelry

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures