A fisherman in the Philippines has kept what is claimed to be the biggest natural pearl ever found hidden in his home for more than 10 years. The enormous pearl, which has not yet been confirmed as being one, is 30cm wide, 67cm long, and weighs 34kg. If it is confirmed to have formed within a giant clam, as has been widely reported, it could have a value of more than $100 million.
According a report in the Palawan News, a man from Puerto Princesa, on Palawan Island, found it more than a decade ago while fishing. His boat’s anchor is said to have caught on the giant clam and he had to swim down to dislodge it. He was not aware of its potential value but kept it as a good luck charm, according to reports. When he came to move to another part of the province, he entrusted it to his aunt, Aileen Cynthia Maggay-Amurao, who works in local government as a tourism officer. It is now on display in the New Green City Hall in Puerto Princesa.