Largest natural pearl: 34-kilogram pearl breaks Guinness world record (VIDEO)
Puerto Princesa City, Philippines -- A Filipino fisherman in western Palawan island has found a giant pearl measuring 30 cm wide (1ft), 67 cm long (2.2ft) and weighing 34 kg (75lb), which sets the new world record for the Largest natural pearl, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: The giant pearl, seen being weighed at 34 kilogram, set a new world record. Photo: Aileen Cynthia Maggay-Amurao (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records world record for the Largest abalone pearl by a 718.50 carat baroque abalone pearl measuring 14 x 8 x 4 cm (5.51 x 3.14 x 1.57 in) which was found by Dat Vi Truong (USA) in Mendocino, California, USA, on 31 May 2010.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the longest pearl necklace; it measures 2,278.5 m (7475 ft 3 in) and was created by Guangdong Ronghui Pearls Culture Co., Ltd. (China) in Zhanjiang, Guangdong, China on 17 April 2015. The necklace contains 316,474 individual pearls.
For 10 years, the 34-kilogram (75-pound) pearl was hidden in a bag under a bed. The fisherman's family would rub it with their hands before going out to sea in the belief it would bring them luck, said relative Aileen Amurao.
The fisherman, his father and brothers found the irregular-shaped pearl inside a giant clam that stuck to their boat's anchor when they sought refuge from a squall on a reef, Amurao said.
The pearl was sitting on a bench in her home for weeks until she found time to check the internet, and she was shocked to learn that it could be the world's biggest at 67 centimetres (2.2 feet) long and 30 centimetres (1 foot) wide. It has been estimated to be worth more than $100 million US ($130 million).
The fisherman and his family decided to turn over the pearl to the city mayor, who had it displayed in a glass case in Puerto Princesa's city hall to attract tourists. The fisherman will receive a still-unspecified reward from the local government.
The current largest known pearl in the world was found in Palawan sea in the 1930s.
The Pearl of Lao Tzu, previously known as the Pearl of Allah, weighed 6.4 kilograms.