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A fisherman discovered the giant pearl more than a decade ago inside a massive clam in Philippines. The man did not realise the Rs. 670 crore pearl was so valuable and kept it as a simple good luck charm. When his wooden shack burned down, the man showed his pear to a stunned Filipino tourist officer. Filipino officials hope they will be able to keep the pearl in the region to encourage tourists to visit

This giant pearl could be the biggest ever found in the world and five times larger than the previous record – after being handed in by a fisherman.

The man, who has not been identified, found the priceless 34kg gem ten years ago in sea off the coast of Palawan Island, Philippines.

He didn’t know the potential eye-watering value of $100 million and kept it as a ‘good luck charm’ in his rundown wooden home.

The un-named fisherman discovered this two-foot-long pearl which weighs 34kg and could be worth as much as Rs. 670 crore after it was discovered off the coast of the Palawan Island, Philippines inside a giant claim more than a decade ago

The un-named fisherman discovered this two-foot-long pearl which weighs 34kg and could be worth as much as Rs. 670 crore after it was discovered off the coast of the Palawan Island, Philippines inside a giant claim more than a decade ago

But a fire at the property earlier this year forced him to have a clear out and move house.

The fisherman handed it in to the stunned local tourism officer in remote Puerto Princesca who verified that it had been found in a giant clam.

Tourism officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao said: ‘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

‘We will keep this here in the Philippines and I hope it will bring more tourists to the city.’

The gem was shown off to the public today. The current record holder is Pearl of Allah, also know as the Pearl of Lao Tze, which was also found off Palawan, Philippines, in 1934. It is on exhibition at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in New York.