Monday, 9 April 2018

A Fisherman from Puerto Princesa Palawan Found this Giant Pearl and Considered as World Largest Pearl With a Worth of $100 Million

The Philippines, home to thousands of islands and beaches. It is untouched, unspoiled and is blessed with great natural beauty and with over 7,000 islands, it is easy to see why the Philippines is considered as the Pearl of the Orient Seas.

The largest pearl in the world to be ever recorded, was the “Pearl of Lao Tzu” or most commonly known as “The Pearl of Allah” which was found in Palawan, Philippines. 

However, a poor fisherman who was also from Palawan recently turned over what might be the new largest natural pearl to be ever found, weighing 75 pounds and with a worth of £76,000,000, it can easily beat the current record holder.

The fisherman from Puerto Princesa found the giant pearl more than a decade ago while out fishing in the coast of Palawan Island, Philippines. According to a report in the local Palawan news, The man’s boat’s anchor was caught on the giant clam, and he had no other choice but to swim down to dislodge it.

Somehow, he was not aware of the astonishing value of the 34kg gem but kept it as a ‘good luck charm’ under his bed in his rundown wooden home anyway.

But when he was forced to move out and leave his home after a house fire, he then entrusted the giant pearl to his aunt, Aileen Cynthia Amurao, who happens to work in the local government as a tourism officer. The government official was stunned when she verified that it had been found in a giant clam since most pearls are found inside oysters, making the newly found pearl even rarer.

Aileen Cynthia Amurao said, “The fisherman threw the anchor down, and it got stuck on a rock during a storm. He noticed that it was lodged in a shell and swam down to pull up the anchor, and also brought the shell with him. This was a decade ago, and he kept it at home.”

“He didn’t know how much it was worth and kept it tucked away at home as a simple good luck charm. He said that every time he goes out for fishing, he would touch the pearl”

“We were amazed when he brought it to us. We now need help from gemologists to fully certify it. We’re waiting for the authentication from Gemologist Institute and other international authorities. But we believe Puerto Princesa is likely to earn another prestigious title and a record breaker for having the world’s biggest natural giant pearl from a giant clam”.

“We will keep this here in the Philippines, and I hope it will bring more tourists to the city.”

Through the government officials, the pearl has been verified to be 26 inches in length, 12 inches wide and weighs 34kg with an estimated value of more than $100 million. The pearl easily beats the current largest pearl to exist, “The Pearl of Allah” is valued at $35 million and weighs only 6.4kg. The local government and the people have dubbed the newly found pearl as the “Pearl of Puerto”

The Pearl of Lao Tzu” aka “The Pearl of Allah” which is currently holding the record of the largest pearl in the world, was also found in Palawan, Philippines.

The mega-sized pearl is now on display in the atrium of the New Green City Hall in Puerto Princesa.

“We have decided that the pearl will be used as one of our tourist attractions in the city” Amurao said.

 If the pearl were proven to be authentic, the Philippines would likely earn other prestigious titles for having the world’s biggest natural pearl from a giant clam for the second time.

Being the home of the world’s largest pearls, the Philippines truly deserves to be called “The Pearl of the Orient”

source: wereblog


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