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Until recently, the largest pearl in the world was considered the “Pearl of Allah”, recovered in 1934 in the South China Sea off the Philippine island of Palawan from a pearl shell weighing more than 300 kg (the weight of the mollusk itself did not exceed 30 kg, the rest is the weight of the shell ). The story of the discovery of this pearl is tragic. On May 7, 1934, local tribesmen discovered the disappearance of a young 18-year-old chief, Etema. It turned out that he died when, during another dive for pearls, he became a prisoner of a giant mollusk – a tridacna. When Etem reached for the sink, the tridacna instantly slammed the shutter shut, tightly squeezing the guy’s hand. The young man was unable to free his hand and float to the surface. Ethem’s body was lifted up on ropes along with the killer clam and they began to free his hand from the captivity of the clam. It was then that a huge pearl was discovered in the shell. The mass of this pearl is 6,35 kg, size is 24×14 cm. It had an irregular shape with many convolutions, like the human brain. Pearl of Allah – side view The shape of the pearl resembled a human head in a turban, for which the local mullah called it “The Pearl of Allah.” Pearl of Allah Unfortunately, this pearl does not have a mother-of-pearl luster, which significantly reduces its value, but it is deservedly included in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest pearl in the world. Another name for this pearl is Lao Tzu’s pearl. There is a legend that the founder of Taoism, the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, once instructed his student to graft a jade amulet with the engraved faces of Buddha, Confucius and himself into the shell of a pearl mollusk. By this, Lao Tzu wanted to demonstrate that if three ancient sages with different philosophical views could coexist peacefully in one mollusk, then so could all of humanity. He ordered his followers to guard and preserve the amulet in a clam shell for four years. This was supposed to lead to the establishment of peace and harmony on Earth. But instead, they transferred the pearl from one mollusk to another, each time choosing a larger shell, as the pearl constantly grew. The giant pearl caused many wars, and in 1750 it was expelled from China. The pearl in the clam was transported by boat. During a storm, she was lost off the coast of the island of Palawan. American archaeologist Wilburn Cobb introduced the world to this legend. In his article about this pearl, he said that when it was on display at the Ripley Museum in 1939, a certain Mr. Lee appeared there and declared that the precious exhibit was the long-lost pearl of Lao Tzu and told this legend. American archaeologist Wilburn Cobb with the Pearl of Allah.
According to Cobb, he was given this pearl in 1936 for saving the son of a Dayak chief from malaria. Experts agree that the story of Lao Tzu’s pearl is just a fairy tale. According to their estimates, her age is no more than 600 years, while Lao Tzu lived 2400 years ago. Victor Barbish with his daughter.
Victor Barbish and Peter Hoffmann bought the Pearl of Allah for $200 after Cobb’s death. Currently, experts estimate the Pearl of Allah to be worth 40 million US dollars. The owner of the pearl, Victor Barbish, placed it in the underground vault of one of the US banks (he keeps its exact location secret), where it is still stored in complete darkness. Barbish told journalists that several years ago Bin Laden’s people approached him with a request to sell him a pearl for $60 million in order to give it to Saddam Hussein. Barbish, he said, refused Bin Laden. According to Victor Barbish, he does not want to sell the pearl, but to donate it to some large state museum, where millions of people can admire the jewel. More recently, in August 2016, a message appeared that a pearl had been found that surpassed the pearl of Allah in size: it weighs 34 kilograms and is valued at $100 million. And such a coincidence must happen: this pearl was also found off the island of Palawan in the Philippines! Giant pearl
Photo from Philippine news portal ABS-CBN The giant pearl was found quite by accident during a storm by a local fisherman. This happened 10 years ago, in 2006. The fisherman was about to raise the anchor, but found that it was stuck. To free the anchor, the fisherman dived into the water and saw that the anchor was caught on some huge shell. Completely unaware that it was not a shell at all, but a pearl, the fisherman brought it home and decided to keep it as a talisman. For many years the pearl lay under his bed, but one day there was a fire in his house. And then the man decided to take his talisman to the employees of the tourism department in the city of Puerto Princesa. They were shocked by the discovery. The city authorities decided to leave the pearl in the city to attract tourists. She has already been given a name: “Puerto Princess.” The Pearl of Puerto Princesa.
Photo from Philippine news portal ABS-CBN The Pearl of Allah is the largest known in the world. There is a tragic story associated with it. In 1934, on May 7, the son of a Philippine leader, 18-year-old Etem, disappeared. It turned out that while diving for pearls, he became a prisoner of a tridacna, a giant mollusk. When Etem reached for the sink, the mollusk slammed the shutters, squeezing the young man’s hand. The young man was unable to free himself and died. His body was lifted up along with the killer clam. The weight of the mollusk was more than 300 kg, age – approximately 450 years. That’s when they discovered a giant pearl in the shell. In its shape, it is similar to the head of Allah in a turban, for this it was called the Pearl of Allah. Its weight is 6,4 kilograms, its diameter is about 24 centimeters. The current owner of this pearl, Victor Barbish, keeps it in an underground bank vault in America (he keeps its exact location secret), where it is in complete darkness. He decided not to sell the pearl, but to give it to some large museum, where millions of people could admire the jewel. The Princess of Palawan is also a tridacna pearl. It is considered the second largest. Its weight is 2,3 kilograms, its diameter is more than 15 centimeters. The pearl is named after the island of the Philippines, near which it was discovered. The Princess of Palawan was found in 2000, 66 years after the discovery of the Pearl of Allah. The stone resembles the human brain in appearance, its color is pure white, and does not have a mother-of-pearl coating. The pearl was put up for auction in December 2009 in Los Angeles at Bonhams auction. The Princess of Palawan is also a tridacna pearl. It is considered the second largest. Its weight is 2,3 kilograms, its diameter is more than 15 centimeters. The pearl is named after the island of the Philippines, near which it was discovered. The Princess of Palawan was found in 2000, 66 years after the discovery of the Pearl of Allah. The stone resembles the human brain in appearance, its color is pure white, and does not have a mother-of-pearl coating. The pearl was put up for auction in December 2009 in Los Angeles at Bonhams auction.

The most expensive pearls

Pearl of Peregrina (La Peregrina) – this pearl was sold at auction for the highest price in history. It became famous not so much for its weight (it weighs 12 grams), but for its ideal shape and bright shine. In 1513, she was caught by a black slave on the Pearl Islands. For the miraculous find, he received freedom, and the beautiful pearl weighing 55,9 carats gained fame. Its owners were King Philip II, Queen Mary Tudor, and Emperor Napoleon III. In the 37th century, Peregrina was bought at auction by the famous actor Richard Burton for XNUMX thousand dollars. He gave it to his beloved wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor. The pearl was secured on a chain. Elizabeth was delighted with the gift and immediately put it on. However, on the very first day, the wonderful gift was almost lost: the pearl fell out of the frame due to its heavy weight. In a panic, Elizabeth searched the entire huge room at the Caesar Palace hotel in Las Vegas, where the couple lived at that moment. Already in despair, she noticed that her beloved Pekingese were trying to chew something. This was the pearl of La Peregrina. The puppies couldn’t even scratch her. Subsequently, Elizabeth came up with the design of an unusual necklace, the main decoration of which was La Peregrina. She wore this necklace more than once at social events. After Taylor’s death, the pearl was valued at $2 million, but it was sold at auction for the highest price for a pearl – $11,8 million. La Regente is another very large gem. It belonged to Napoleon. It is believed that its homeland is India. The famous pearl is ovoid in shape and weighs 21,8 grams. It was purchased by Napoleon for the tiara of his second wife Marie Louise in 1811. Napoleon III gave it as a wedding gift to his bride in 1853. In 1887, the Bonaparte family’s jewelry was sold, and the Regent Pearl was kept in St. Petersburg by Carl Faberge. After the revolution, the Soviet government sold the jewelry that belonged to the royal family, including the pearl, to the West. In November 2005, a collector from the Middle East offered this magnificent pearl for sale. For a huge amount – 2,5 million dollars – it went under the hammer.

The most perfect pearl

The Abernathy Pearl is a naturally occurring freshwater pearl. She is considered the most perfect. Its weight is 11 carats, but it is known not for its weight, but for its highest quality. The pearl was found in 1967 in the River Tay in Scotland by William Abernathy, a professional pearl fisherman. It was in an unusually shaped mussel. The pearl was displayed in a jewelery store in Cairncross, where it had been kept for 30 years. In 1992 it was sold for an unknown amount.

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