Recently, a Filipino-Canadian man unveiled what could possibly be the world’s biggest natural pearl ever found.
Abraham Reyes, 34, of Mississauga, reportedly received the big pearl
as a family heirloom from his aunt a few years back.
Named as Giga Pearl, the Reyes family have had it with them since 1959.
The pearl weighs 27.65 kilograms, four times the weight of the Lao-Tzu Pearl, also called the Pearl of Allah, which until recently was thought to be the world’s largest, according to a CBC Toronto report.
The family, at first, neither knew the object was a pearl nor did they know about its value because “it doesn’t look like a pearl”. Rather, the white and cream-colored object looks more like a “huge tooth” to them.
Out of curiosity and a little suspicion, Reyes got it checked with an expert and then got to know about its actual worth.
Appraisers say it may be worth between $60 million and $90 million. Reyes and an Asian art expert had it authenticated at the Gemological Institute of America in New York City.
To hold and display the Giga Pearl, he got a 22-karat gold leaf octopus designed.
According to Inquirer, Abraham’s grandfather bought the giant clam in 1959 from a fisherman in Camiguin, an island southeast of Manila, to give as a gift to his aunt. They used to be commonly found and the shells were often used as baptismal fonts or garden ornaments, said Reyes.