Date
27 March 2017
The world’s largest clam pearl has been put on display in Puerto Princesa city on Palawan Island in the Philippines. Image credit: Aileen Cynthia Maggay-Amurao/via abconline
The world’s largest clam pearl has been put on display in Puerto Princesa city on Palawan Island in the Philippines. Image credit: Aileen Cynthia Maggay-Amurao/via abconline

Filipino hid US$100 mln pearl for 10 years under bed

Philippine officials believe they may have recovered the biggest natural giant clam pearl in the world.

The pearl, weighing 34 kilograms, was found 10 years ago by a fisherman who was unaware of its value and kept it under his bed as a good luck charm, BBC reports.

“We were amazed when he brought it to us,” Palawan official Aileen Amurao was quoted as saying.

Valued about US$100 million, the enormous clam-shaped pearl went on display on Monday at the Puerto Princesa City Hall after the fisherman showed it to a tourism official.

Authorities are now awaiting confirmation from gemologists that the find — which is 61cm wide and 30cm long – is indeed the world’s largest pearl.

If confirmed, it will easily beat the current record holder, the Pearl of Lao Tzu, which weighs 6.4kg, the report noted.

The Pearl of Lao Tzu also came from the Palawan waters.

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