Touted to be the world’s biggest, the 34kg giant pearl has been found by a fisherman in the Philippines. Without knowing the value of the $100 million pearl, the man kept it as a ‘good luck charm’ in his wooden home for over 10 years.
But due to a fire accident, the fisherman was forced to move out from the house. It was then he brought out the pearl and handed it to a local tourism officer in remote Puerto Princesca. The pearl is about 1ft foot wide and 2.2 feet long.
Speaking about it, the tourism officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao said, “The fisherman threw the anchor down and it got stuck on a rock during a storm. 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.”
“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 is 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.”