For 10 years, possibly biggest pearl was hidden under bed

For 10 years, possibly biggest pearl was hidden under bed

For 10 years, possibly biggest pearl was hidden under bed

More than 10 years ago a fisherman from the Philippines scooped up a giant pearl from the seafloor and kept it under his bed for good luck.

It was Puerto Princesa City Tourism Officer, Aileen Cynthia Amurao who put the giant pearl on a scale and saw that it is weighing 34 kilograms (75 lbs)!

The pearl, named the "Pearl of Puerto" in honor of Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan, is reportedly worth over $100 million.

Ten years later the man chose to give the pearl to a relative by the name of Aileen Amurao, who is also Puerto Princesa city's tourism officer. It has since been turned over to officials who say it could be the biggest natural giant clam pearl in the world.

The Palawan Islands are well-known for their huge pearls. The superstitious fishermen then made a decision to hand it over to the tourism office in remote Puerto Princesa, city officials said. His boat's anchor caught on the giant clam and he had to swim down to dislodge it.

"We were amazed when he brought it to us", Palawan tourism official Aileen Amurao told local media, the BBC reports.

As for giving it a name, she said she will suggest that it be named the "Pearl of Puerto Princesa".

"I just became aware when I searched the Internet that all giant pearls came from here; sad to know none of those were left in the possession of the city or province", she said.

The Pearl of Allah, also known as the Pearl of Lao Tzu, has been exhibited at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Times Square. "Need help from gemologists!"

"We have decided that the pearl will be used as one of our tourist's attractions in the city", said.

If it is the real deal, the pearl would be five times the size of the world's current 6.4kg record-holding pearl, which was found in 1939 by local divers in Brooke's Point in Palawan.

Maggay-Amurao posted an image of the enormous pearl toFacebook in order to seek help from experts to weigh in on the peal's authenticity.

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