One-of-a-Kind Tiare Gardenia Carved Blacklip Tahitian Pearl Oyster Shell

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 This one-of-a-kind highly lustrous and colorful carved blacklip Tahitian pearl shell measures by 5 by 6 inches in diameter. The front side is polished and has an intricately detailed, hand-carved Polynesian tiare Tahiti (gardenia flower) design, by an artisan on Tahiti. The backside is sanded, natural shell.
The colors range from shimmery graphite and greens to cherry, golds and white. Many areas of the shell hold a full rainbow of colors.
The carving took many hours to create and has lots of relief where the artist uses different colors and depths of the natural shell to guide his artist's hand. 
This shell can be displayed as a piece of art or used to hold jewelry and other small items or to serve sauces or caviar. There are so many possible uses.
To learn more about the history of mother of pearl in the Tuamotus, visit our History of Tahitian Pearls page.