If only this was the real Sri Lanka namesake, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean!
Sri Lanka is renowned as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean—so imagine the celebrations if this truly enormous record-breaking gem had been found in our waters!
Sadly, it wasn’t. This 34kg giant was found by a fisherman off the coast of Palawan Island, Philippines—where he kept it as a lucky charm for ten years without any idea of its value.
Which is—are you sitting down?—an eye-watering $100 million, according to experts in New York, where it is currently on display.
As the Daily Mirror in the UK reports, that the pearl measures a staggering 1ft by 2ft, dwarfing the previous world’s biggest Pearl of Allah—6.4kg, $35million, and which was also found off Palawan, Philippines, in 1934.