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Fisherman found giant 34kg pearl worth $100million - but kept the two-foot long gem under his bed for TEN YEARS as a good luck charm

23:40, Friday, 02 September, 2016
Fisherman found giant 34kg pearl worth $100million - but kept the two-foot long gem under his bed for TEN YEARS as a good luck charm

This giant pearl could be the biggest ever found in the world and five times larger than the previous record - after being handed in by a fisherman.
     The man, who has not been identified, found the priceless 34kg gem ten years ago in sea off the coast of Palawan Island, Philippines.
     He didn't know the potential eye-watering value of $100 million and kept it as a 'good luck charm' in his rundown wooden home.

But a fire at the property earlier this year forced him to have a clear out and move house.

The fisherman handed it in to the stunned local tourism officer in remote Puerto Princesca who verified that it had been found in a giant clam.

The priceless rock measures a staggering 1ft foot wide and 2.2 feet long - dwarfing the current world's biggest Pearl of Allah which weighed 6.4kg and is worth $35million.

Tourism officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao said: 'The fisherman threw the anchor down and it got stuck on a rock during a storm.

'He noticed that it was lodged on a shell and swam down to pull up the anchor, and also brought the shell with him. This was a decade ago and he kept it at home.

'He didn't know how much it was worth and kept it tucked away at home as a simple good luck charm.

'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.

'But we believe Puerto Princesca is likely earn another prestigious title and a record breaker for having the world's biggest natural giant pearl from a giant clam.

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