Mihiarii Pearls

Mihiarii Pearls, Papeete: Hours, Address, Mihiarii Pearls Reviews: 4/5

Mihiarii Pearls
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Speciality & Gift Shops
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9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Mihiarii Pearls is a family business specialized in selling tahitian black pearls and jewerly. We have three shops located in Tahiti, not far from the Papeete market. In our three shops, you will find a large variety of pearls starting at a price of 100 XPF ($1). And for 10 pearls bought, we give you 2 free pearls of the same price ! After choosing your pearls, you may choose settings for them. Our skilled craftsmen are able to drill pearls and assemble your jewelry. If you do not have the time or the desire to choose your pearls, we offer peerings (the pearls are already chosen to make earrings or necklace but not assembled) and pieces of jewelry. If you love pearls then you will love Mihiarii Pearls shops!
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merrytina
Chicago, IL189 contributions
Friends
We went to Tahiti expecting prices on pearls to be at the high end or out of our price range. What we found was that there are pearls for sale everywhere and for a range of budgets. Compared to other shops we visited that sell loose pearls from buckets, we found Mihiarii to have the best choices for us - the nicest quality and color for affordable prices. The staff is helpful in choosing pearls and coordinating colors and sizes for jewelry pieces. They have several jewelry settings, but I wish they had more variety. Having a pearl made into jewelry can be done in a few hours, and they'll give you a certificate with the size, color, and quality of the pearl on request.
We went to both the shop upstairs in the pearl market and the main store a few blocks away, and we bought several pieces for ourselves and for gifts to bring home. We'll definitely go back the next time we're in Tahiti.
Written March 27, 2019
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Wei Bing L
Ipoh, Malaysia331 contributions
Family
I Came to Papeete as part of my cruise holiday in February 2019 together with my Uncle. I intended to hunt for loose Tahitian pearls and we visited every Tahitian pearl shop in downtown Papeete. We visited both of Miihiari Pearls' outlets: the one located on the first floor of the Papeete municipal market and the flagship store located 2 blocks from the market.

In the flagship store, I purchased 4 loose 14mm round engraved pearls(also known as tattooed pearls), I had one of them mounted on a rubber necklace with a magnetic clasp, and the other 3 drilled through and strung up on a thin leather necklace, both of these are popular men's-style necklaces. The engraved 14mm pearls cost USD50 each, the rubber necklace cost USD25 and the thin leather necklace costs USD8, including drilling & mounting. The salesperson here said that the price of all their pearls are tax-free, therefore, they do not give a 16% discount to overseas travelers, unlike many other pearls stores we visited. However, after a bit of haggling, she gave me a 10% discount on the pearls.

In this store, they literally have buckets of pearls to choose from, the pearls are already separated according to their market value. For example, in the bucket of USD100 pearls, you can find round and semi-round 12mm to 15mm pearls of various colours, from silver to dark grey to light brown to light blue, etc. The larger pearls will have more defects on their surface, hence their reduced market value.

In the store upstairs in the municipal market, I purchased 3 round pearls with a value of USD70 each and of varying sizes, ranging from 14.8mm to 15.3mm, and they also charged me USD8 for drilling and mounting the pearls on a thin leather strand. Here, I tried to get a small discount but the saleslady refused to budge from the price. I must mention that Miihiari pearls has buckets of pearls starting from USD1(Yes, One American Dollar!) to USD5, to USD8, and all the way up to USD5000 each!!! However, those pearls which cost below USD20 each are of very poor quality. The salespersons in both stores are not as friendly and accommodating as those in other pearl stores we visited.

And I wish to acknowledge Jonathan Burckle, the General Manager of Miihiari Pearls, who gave me advice and information via several emails a year before I arrived in Papeete, regarding French Polynesia's taxation system on Tahitian pearls being taken out of the country by overseas visitors. He informed me that each overseas visitor is not allowed to take more than 10 loose Tahitian pearls, regardless of value, out of the country. At the airport, the customs officers will scan all our luggage and if they find that a person has more than 10 loose pearls in their possession, that person will have to pay taxes on the value of all the loose pearls they are carrying, to the French Polynesian customs. There are no restrictions on the number of jewellery items a person can take out of the country. Therefore, whenever I purchased loose pearls across the whole of French Polynesia, I had them strung up on necklaces. As long as the pearls are strung up on a thin leather strand for a necklace or bracelet, it is considered to be a piece of jewellery.

I wish everyone who is reading this review a safe & very enjoyable holiday in Beautiful French Polynesia!
Written March 7, 2019
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jjones76b
Sydney, Australia95 contributions
Couples
This is a good place to buy - can negotiate and pearls are of a high quality. Get a legitimate certificate with purchase. Staff friendly and don't try aggressive sale techniques.
Nice cafe close by also
Written April 24, 2018
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nooksoftheworld
Boston, MA473 contributions
We made 2 trips to this store during our stay in Tahiti and buy several pearls from here. The service was great and didn't feel we were being pushed to buy their products. They let us take our time to choose our pearls and helped us picked out nice ones. Love our pearls!!
Written December 14, 2016
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Char Z
Texas63 contributions
Family
We had a great time picking out our own black pearls and then we choose to have them made into earrings.
Written September 7, 2015
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Ellie_L058
Toronto, Canada15 contributions
Couples
This outlet has a good selection of loose pearls. I believe that all pearls are B quality as I did not see any A's. That said, you must look quite closely to see the imperfections. There were many sizes, colours and shapes to chose from. I purchased a gorgeous string of multi-coloured pearls, 2 pairs of earrings, as well as multiple pendants as gifts. I appreciated the fact that I could pick the design of each, and they were able to make them all for me in a matter of hours. Jessica is a native English speaker at the location close to the market. She was very helpful and accommodating throughout the process. The prices could not be beat and I am thrilled with my purchases.
Written April 28, 2015
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jilloo
Tahiti, French Polynesia6 contributions
Friends
Pearls (1000's of them !) in every shape,size & colour. If you know your pearls then take time to filter through the large selection. If you are a novice then just go with the idea of the price you want to pay and what will be the future for your chosen pearl (ring, braclet, necklace, earings ) the very helpful staff will guide you to make the right choice .
Written March 11, 2014
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Gillian B
Plymouth, UK87 contributions
Couples
This shop was recommended to me by a local and turned out to be a great place to shop. They have buckets of pearls graded in size, colour and price. I chose a beautiful teardrop black pearl then selected a pendant setting with diamantes. When it was made up it looked stunning and cost less than $50 total! Then chose two more black pearls which were made into earrings, although be warned - it is tricky to find two pearls the same size and colour and it takes patience but it is fun!
The staff were helpful in suggesting what would and would not work.
Went back again and bought 10 loose pearls for gifts (and they gave me 4 more free!) This place cannot be beat in Tahiti. They have 3 separate stores including one upstairs in the market.
Written December 15, 2013
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Marilyn W
Marion, OH212 contributions
Couples
I learned about their store in the market from friends. We were on a cruise ship and only had a few hours for shopping.

I was thoroughly fascinated by being able to sit down with a bucket of hundreds of pearls all at the same price and select the one(s) I wanted!

I had it made into a ring and it was ready in about one hour. The total price was very reasonable - far less that others I had seen.

The pearl I selected was large, round, with good luster and color. I love the ring!!
Written December 2, 2013
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surreygrl
canada143 contributions
Couples
This is a good place to get loose pearls. The staff are very friendly and casual. They have buckets of pearls to choose from, and in comparison to the high end jewellers (eg Robert Wan) this is good value (for example approx under 50 dollars versus 500 dollars for earrings say). Good for small souvenirs - buy loose pearls that you can set yourself, or they have someone on hand to do for you. We also buy from Robert Wan (see review)
Written November 18, 2013
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  • Mon - Fri 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM


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