Here is the pricing information that you requested.
"How Products Are Made" website - "Cultured Pearl"
"The most exotic 'designer' pearls are probably the large black pearls cultured
in Australia and the South Seas. They are grown in the largest pearl oysters in
the world, and a perfect specimen of black pearl can sell in the United States
Although it is beyond the scope of your original question, the process shown
on the above page appears to be complete.
Some additional information might be gleaned from the following website.
"Travel with a Challenge" website - "Black Pearls of French Polynesia"
"We're proud to announce that this article is a winner of a Field of Knowledge
Infography Award of Excellence, selected as one of the best resources available
on the Internet by educational college experts."
If you need any clarification, please feel free to ask.
Google search on: pearl "$40,000"
Looking Forward, denco-ga - Google Answers Researcher
Clarification of Answer by
20 Nov 2006 14:34 PST
"Alfred Martin, chairman and general manager of Poe Rava Nui, is the new
chairman of Perles de Tahiti, the 13-year-old trade association that promotes
Tahitian cultured pearls worldwide."
"Martin, 48, became the new chairman during a recent Perles de Tahiti board
meeting at its downtown Papeete headquarters. He succeeds Robert Wan, chairman
of Tahiti Perles and chairman of the Professional Association of Pearl
Producers, known by its French initials of SPPP."
PERLES DE TAHITI
BP 20470 Papeete
Tel: (689) 45 03 03
Fax: (689) 45 04 50