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.