The pearls set in spectacular ring settings, such as this gorgeous 11mm chocolate Tahitian pearl set in beautiful 14K rose gold and surrounded by 158 diamonds, were a success as customers marveled at the breathtaking luster of the gems.
As news of the lustrous rich chocolate pearls of the Ballerina Pearl Company spread, questions arose as to whether or not they were natural cultured pearls or Tahitian black pearls colored by irradiation treatments or dyes.
As the world ushered in the new millennium, the Ballerina Pearl Company was perfecting the process that would turn black Tahitian pearls into luscious looking brown colored pearls, aptly named chocolate pearls.
The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian tatau, which means "to mark something"; it is also hypothesized that the term comes from the sound the tatau sticks make when clicking together to mark the skin with ink.
If you shop for Tahitian pearls, you'll quickly discover that the average price for a strand of natural brown pearls is anywhere from $5,000 to $7,500, depending on how well the pearls are matched.