A fisherman from Puerto Princesa City, in Palawan island in the Philippines, has kept one of the world’s most valuable pearls ever recovered under his bed for more than a decade.
According to a story in CNN, the pearl, which was originally found inside a giant clam, weighs 34kg and measures 30cm wide and 67cm long. If ever put to sale, it could rake in a potential $100 million.
Puerto Princesa City Tourism Officer, Aileen Cynthia Amurao, told CNN that the gem was discovered a decade ago, but was kept under the bed of the fisherman who found it as “a good luck charm”. Coincidentally, the fisherman is also her nephew. When he moved from the area, he entrusted the pearl to the care of his aunt. She offered the pearl to the mayor, and the giant gem is now on display in the atrium of the New Green City Hall in Puerto Princesa.
Last week, Amurao began to seek help from gemologists to certify the pearl’s authenticity. She posted a picture of the pearl on her Facebook page and wrote: “The Puerto Princesa City would likely earn another prestigious title and a record breaker for having the world’s biggest natural giant pearl from a giant clam (34 kilograms) after being certified for its authenticity. Need help from gemologists!”
There are two things Amurao isn’t revealing about this amazing story: one is the name of her nephew, who discovered the pearl; and the second is the exact location where the pearl was found.
The record for the biggest pearl, which also came from Palawan, is currently being held by “Pearl of Lao Tzu”, which weighs 6.4kg. In 2003, it was valued at $93 million.