Sunday 26 February 2017

Fisherman kept giant pearl worth €88m under his bed for 10 years

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The gigantic pearl sits on a weighing scale in Puerto Princesa City on the southern Philippines island of Palawan. Photo: HANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images
The gigantic pearl sits on a weighing scale in Puerto Princesa City on the southern Philippines island of Palawan. Photo: HANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images

A giant pearl - believed to be the biggest in the world and possibly worth more than $100m (€88m) - has been discovered in the Philippines after a fisherman's family handed it over to authorities.

The huge pearl is confirmed to have come from a giant clam. It measures at 30.5cm in width and 67.5cm in length, and weighs a staggering 34kg.

It was discovered nearly a decade ago by the local fisherman but was kept hidden under his bed as a good luck charm until recently.

Puerto Princesa City tourism officer Aileen Amurao said the massive find was handed in by a relative of the fisherman.

"We were amazed when he brought it to us," Ms Amurao told local media, the BBC reported.

Ms Amurao put out a plea on Facebook for expert gemologists to visit Puerto Princesa and help certify the pearl's authenticity, and officials are currently waiting on confirmation of the gem's status as the largest pearl in the world.

Prior to this discovery, the world's largest pearl was known to be the Pearl of Lao Tzu, also found in the Philippines, which weighed 6.4kg.

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