Few years back Abraham Reyes received a gift from her aunt. A pearl, weighing 27 kilograms. Now, it seems that it could be the world’s biggest natural pearl with an estimated value between $60 million to $90 million. Moreover, it’s believed that the pearl is more than 1,000 years old.
Known as Giga Pearl, it has been in Reyes’s family since 1959. However, the catch here is that the family was oblivious that the cream-coloured object was a pearl. Naturally, they did not even know about its value because as per the family “it doesn’t look like a pearl”. Rather, the white and looks more like a “huge tooth” to them.
"Nobody really looked at it ... it doesn't look like a pearl," Mr Reyes said.
The pearl, almost as big as a new born baby. As per the family, it was hidden inside of a giant clam that Mr Reyes's grandfather bought from a Philippines fisherman as a gift for his aunt back in 1959.
When it aunt began offloading her estate in 2016, the pearl came to Mr Reyes. The 34-year-old recently had it examined by geological specialists and that's when fortune stuck.
The Giga Pearl now rests with a 22-carat gold leaf octopus that Mr Reyes had specially commissioned to hold it. Instead of selling the pearl, he wants to share its beauty with the world by putting it on display in various museums and galleries.
"I believe the world should know that it does exist," he said. "To me, I feel very honored to have it. I feel a great responsibility", he added.