A huge pearl valued at €100 million has been discovered by a fisherman in the Philippines.
The pearl – believed to be the biggest ever found – was discovered ten years ago and has been stored under his bed until now, kept as a good luck charm.
The pearl measures 1 ft wide and 2.2 ft long and weighs 34kg, easily tops the previous largest – The Pearl of Allah – which weighs a mere 6.4 kg and valued at €35 million.
The fisherman discovered the priceless gem ten years ago in sea off the coast of Palawan Island, Philippines. He had no idea the pearl was worth a staggering €100 million.
The pearl was brought forward following a fire at the mans wooden home earlier this year and a local tourism officer was able to identify it.
According to Tourism officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao : “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.
“We will keep this here in the Philippines and I hope it will bring more tourists to the city.”