The so-called world’s largest pearl was found in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, and weighs 34 kilos! This gigantic pearl has been recently surrendered by a relative of a local fisherman to the Puerto Princesa Tourism Office, and is only now waiting to be certified by the Guinness World Records as the new largest pearl in the world. It measures 1ft x 2ft wide.
According to Puerto Princesa City Tourism Officer Aileen Amurao, this 34-kilogram pearl has been kept by a fisherman inside their house for almost 10 years. But because they have a transfer to another house, they decided to give to their office due to lack of space. The fisherman reportedly said that the giant clam pearl got stuck inside his fishing net.
Once this giant pearl has been certified as the world’s largest pearl, Philippines will break its own long-time record. Known as the Pearl of Lao Tze (previously called as Pearl of Allah), the currently known as the largest pearl in the world was also found in Palawan, in Brooke’s Point, by a local diver in the 1930s. Just like the 34-kilo pearl, it is also a clam pearl.
Based on records, the official world’s largest pearl weighs 6.4 kilos (14.1 lb) and measures 24 centimeters (9.45 inches) in diameter. An American named Wilburn Cobb bought this pearl in the Philippines in 1939 for an unknown amount. But after he passed away in 1979, Peter Hoffman and Victor Barbish bought it from his estate for a whooping $200,000!
Back in 1982, Gemologist Michael Steenrod from Colorado Springs, USA has appraised the pearl at $60 million. On the same year, gem laboratory Lee Sparrow appraised it at $42 million. But in 2007, Steenrod appraised it again, this time at $93 million. The record-holder pearl is still owned Hoffman and Barbish, along with Joe Bonicelli, who died in 1998.
Now, you know why Philippines is called Pearl of the Orient. 🙂