A fisherman from an island in the Philippines discovered a gigantic pearl and kept it hidden for ten years under his bed. The experts say it may be the largest natural pearl that was ever found on Earth.
The discovery was made from Puerto Princesa on the island of Palawan. The city has a total population of 255,116 people, and it was founded in 1872, and it’s highly urbanized. The residents speak in Tagalog, Hiligaynon, Cuyonon, and English. Puerto Princesa is the Eco-Tourism Center of the Philippines, with a large selection of hotels, restaurants, shops, and bars.
A local tourism officer revealed the existence of the gigantic pearl, even if its finder did not want to disclose any information on the extraordinary jewel.
The fisherman discovered the pearl in a giant clam and decided to keep it for good luck. As he was moving, he offered the pearl to one of his relatives, the tourism officer.
The pearl weights almost 75 pounds; it is two feet in length and one foot in width.
The current world record is a pearl found in Palawan that received names such as “The Pearl of Allah” or “Pearl of Lao Tzu.” It was discovered in the ‘30s on the same island from the Philippines. The diver that found it lost his life while going for the pearl.
While biologists confirm it’s a pearl, the gemologists say that it’s, in fact, a non-nacreous pearl. The giant clam can create a similarly gigantic pearl. But other calcareous concretions can appear to be pearls, but they are not.
The “Pearl of Lao Tzu”, formerly known as the largest pearl in the world, was valued at $93 million.
However, the pearl only weighs 14 pounds, while the discovery from Puerto Princesa is six times heavier than the “Pearl of Allah”.
The new gigantic pearl is displayed in the city hall from Puerto Princesa, and received the name “Pearl of Puerto”. The discovery will be examined by a gemologist to verify its authenticity and to estimate the value of the pearl.
The fisherman still has the property of the gigantic pearl, and the mayor reported that the man did not sign any deed of donation to the city.
Some people estimate the “Pearl of Puerto” to have 170,000 karats. The fisherman does not want to disclose any information concerning the exact place where the gigantic pearl was found.
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