A fisherman in the Philippines has been hiding the world’s largest pearl for over a decade, not knowing its $100 million worth.
A fisherman in the Philippines is happy to learn that the pearl he hid under his bed for 10 years is worth up to $100 million. Weighing 34-Kilogram, the world’s largest pearl was discovered by accident.
Some ten years ago, the unidentified fisherman got his anchor stuck in the seas just off Palawan Island in the Philippines. When the man dove down to free his fishing boat, he was surprised to find his anchor stuck to a giant calm rather than a rock, and decided to take the massive clam up with him.
Not knowing its value, the fisherman decided to keep the pearl under his bed for good luck, and did so for ten full years. It was only after a fire erupted in his home when he was forced to remove it.
Since it is heavy, he decided to keep it as his aunts for safekeeping when he moved to another part of the province, luckily, his aunt is a local tourism officer.
The pearl was produced by a native giant clam, a species of clams that can reach up to over a meter in length and weigh over 200 kilograms. However, they rarely produce pearls.
The title holder for world’s largest pearl before this one was also found off Palawan, back in 1943. The $35-million Pearl of Allah weighs 6.4 kilograms.
The pearl is currently on display at Puerto Princesa’s city hall building, and officials hope to keep it in the Philippines to attract more tourism to the country.