Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think Palawan’s seas are complete?
A pearl weighing a whopping 34kg, roughly the equivalent of three one-year-old children, was turned over to the Puerto Princesa City Tourism Office on Sat, Aug 20.
Measuring 1 foot wide and 2.2 feet long, it may be the biggest natural giant clam pearl in the world.
Puerto Princesa City Tourism Officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao explained that a fisherman found the specimen by accident after a typhoon in Palawan more than a decade ago.
He was unaware of the pearl’s value, and had kept it as a “lucky charm.”
Since the man often changes his residence, he decided to surrender the pearl to the tourism office, Palawan News reports.
The City Tourism Office has called on the Gemologist Institute to help in appraising and authenticating the pearl.
Currently, the largest recorded pearl is the Pearl of Lao Tzu, weighing 6.4kg.
Also called the Pearl of Allah, it was also found in Palawan in 1934 and valued at USD35-million at an exhibition at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium in New York.