The second most popular pearl color is black. Black pearls are relative newcomers to the pearl scene, and are most often associated with exotic Tahitian pearls produced in French Polynesia. The pearls produced by the Pinctada maxima, or the Tahitian pearl oyster, come in nearly every conceivable color, shade and overtone. These colors are completely natural, and except in the case of treated chocolate Tahitian pearls, the Tahitian pearls carried by Pearl Paradise are completely untreated.
Other types of black pearls include black akoya and black freshwater. The important distinction with these types of pearls is that black is not a naturally occurring color, and the dark colorations are achieved through the use of an organic dye. Black freshwater and black akoya pearls do not naturally. The color is always the product of treatment.