Tuesday, 23 August 2016

34kg pearl found in Philippines 'is world's biggest'

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The giant pearl is said to weigh 34kg (74lb)Image copyrightAILEEN CYNTHIA AMURAO/SWNS.COM
Philippine officials believe they may have recovered biggest natural giant clam pearl in the world - weighing a whopping 34kg (5.2 stone).
The pearl was found 10 years ago by a fisherman who was unaware of its value and kept it as a good luck charm, Palawan official Aileen Amurao said.
"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 61cm (2ft) wide and 30cm long and, if confirmed, will easily beat the current record holder, the Pearl of Lao Tzu, which weighs 6.4kg.
A man holds a replica of the Pearl of Lao Tzu, with the original seen in the photo, left, 2005Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe Pearl of Lao Tzu (replica shown here) was also discovered in Palawan

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