By far, the majority of Tahitian pearl blemishes will be small and match the pearl’s natural charcoal grey body color and/or are colorless, blending with the surface and making them fairly unnoticeable the casual observer.
This is especially true if the pearl’s overtones and luster are at high levels, masking marks and distracting the eye.
Keep in mind that A-AAAA Tahitian pearl grading benchmarks count for the individual pearl, as well as the entire strand overall – so those 10% and 20% figures account for only a small amount of surface area blemishing, and leave room for pearls that are entirely eye-clean on even a lower quality layout.
Selecting the perfect strand of Tahitian pearls.
Inclusions are generally considered to be “undesirable” by general consensus, but when looked at through the lens of a pearl lover, they become part of the unique character of your pearl.
Like a fingerprint, or a gorgeous “jardin” or “garden” which is what the French name for inclusions in an Emerald, a pearl’s inclusions mark your gem as an individual creation of Mother Nature herself. It's important to remember that minor imperfections are not likely to be visible while the pearls are worn.