A few years ago, a massive 34kg pearl was uncovered off the Coast of Palawan Island in the Philippines. The pearl is believed to be he largest ever found in the world, measuring in at a staggering five times larger than any previous record.
A priceless pearl
Pearls typically weigh a few grams and giants weighing beyond a kilogram or two are rare indeed.
While they do lend themselves to round shapes, the most valuable pearls occur in the wild (natural pearls) as larger varieties mutate over time, especially if they spend extended time in clams or shells.
An unassuming fisherman found this new discovery and has since kept it inside his rundown wooden home. According to reports a fire in his residence forced the fisherman to move house prompting him to turn the priceless piece over to a local tourism officer.
New world record
The prize pearl measures in at a jaw dropping 1 ft in width and 2.2 ft (approximately) in length making the world’s former biggest pearl –The Pearl of Allah- look like a lightweight.
The Pearl of Allah originally was known as the Pearl of Lao Tzu, and the former world’s largest Pearl was 6.4kg but just 24cm in diameter.
A source from the tourism officer stated “we now need help from gemologists to fully certify it. We’re waiting for authentication from Gemologist Institute and other international authorities.”
“We believe Puerto Princesca (the name given to this new record holding pearl) is likely earn another prestigious title and a record breaker for having the world’s biggest natural giant pearl from a giant clam.”
The former current record holder was also found off Palawan in the Philippines in 1934 and is currently on exhibition at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in New York.
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