New York—A five-pound blister pearl found in the waters off the Philippines has been authenticated as one of the largest, most valuable pearls ever to be discovered and documented, according to EGL USA.
The brain-shaped specimen—a giant, non-nacreous natural blister pearl—was found in the giant clam Tridacna Gigas and measures over six inches in length.
A team of EGL USA expert gemologists, led by Nicholas Del Re, analyzed the pearl using a combination of advanced technologies including digital radiography, close magnification and data provided by a hand held X-ray fluorescence unit.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime look at one of nature's most unique treasures," EGL USA Director Mitch Jakubovic said in a media release issued on Monday. "A pearl this size is not only the largest ever seen at EGL USA, it is among the largest ever seen anywhere."
"This is clearly one of the most valuable pearls of its kind in the world today," Bidwell said in the release.