Philippine officials believe they may have recovered the largest pearl in the world in the biggest natural giant clam- weighing a whopping 34kg (5.2 stone).
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.
“We were amazed when he brought it to us,” she told local media.
Officials are awaiting confirmation from gemologists that the find is indeed the world’s largest pearl.
The pearl is 1ft (30.5cm) wide and 2.2ft long and, if confirmed, will easily beat the current record holder, the Pearl of Lao Tzu, which weighs 6.4kg.
The Guinness World Records lists a 718.50 carat baroque abalone pearl as the biggest of its kind, measuring 14 centimetres (5.5 inches) in length, 8 centimetres (3.1 inches wide) and 4 centimetres (1.6 inches) thick.
Photos: Aileen Cynthia Amurao/SWNS.COM
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