Fisherman Uncovers $100 Million Pearl, Kept it for 10 Years

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A fisherman just handed in what could potentially replace the previous record as the largest pearl ever found, trumping the size of its predecessor by a whopping five times.

The unidentified man found the priceless gem a decade ago, off the shores of Philippines’ Palawan Island, and kept his discovery in his shack as a good luck charm. Unbeknownst to him, the 34kg pearl has an estimated value of over $100 million.

Indeed, at 1ft foot wide and 2.2 feet long, the massive pearl dwarves 6.4kg Pearl of Allah, which holds the current world record.

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A fire recently occurred at the fisherman’s house, forcing him to move and clear out his property, which was when he handed the gem over to a local tourism officer.

According to Tourism officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao, the fisherman made the discovery when his anchor was lodged on a shell during a storm. As he swam down to bring the anchor back to the surface, he took the shell along with him.

“He didn't know how much it was worth and kept it tucked away at home as a simple good luck charm,” explains Amurao. “We were amazed when he brought it to us. We now need help from gemologists to fully certify it. We're waiting for authentication from Gemologist Institute and other international authorities.”

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