A fisherman has discovered one the many hidden precious treasures of the marine world; World’s largest pearl (34kg), off the coast of Palawan Island, Philippines.
According to report, the unidentified fisherman hid the gem which could be classified as the biggest natural pearl ever found, under his bed as a goodluck charm for ten years, unbeknownst its potential huge value.
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This precious gem which measures 61cm (2ft) wide and 30cm long, has obvious dwarfed the current world’s biggest Pearl of Lao Tzu which weighed 6.4kg and is worth $35million (£26m).
The pearl has been deposited and is on display at the tourism office in Puerto Princesa City, Philippines.
As the whole story on how the fisherman found the ‘Mother of all pearls’ according to SWNS goes, he kept the giant clam pearl in his wooden home for the past decade as a good luck charm, and only moved it when a fire forced him to leave his home.
On a normal day, when the man went out to his daily business at the oceans coast. During a storm, the fisherman threw the anchor down and it got stuck on a rock as he initially thought. Tourism officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao said:
“He noticed that it was lodged on a shell and swam down to pull up the anchor, and also brought the shell with him. This was a decade ago and he kept it at home.
“He didn’t know how much it was worth and kept it tucked away at home as a simple good luck charm.
“We were amazed when he brought it to us. We now need help from gemologists to fully certify it. We’re waiting for authentication from Gemologist Institute and other international authorities.
“But we believe Puerto Princesca will likely earn another prestigious title and a record breaker for having the world’s biggest natural giant pearl from a giant clam.
“We will keep this here in the Philippines and I hope it will bring more tourists to the city.”
If the new found gem is affirmed by gemologist to be the largest, the Pearl of Lao Tzu, which was also discovered in the same Palawan sea in the Philippines back in 1930s, will be posited as second world’s largest pearl.
A Pearl is described as a hard object produced within the soft tissue of a living ocean/sea shelled mollusk. It is regarded as a precious gemstone (an object of beauty) and is composed of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, deposited in concentric layers. An ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but it comes in many other shapes and shines.
The rare gem is used in making highly expensive jewelries, although there imitations sold at inexpensive jewelry.