Huge “tooth-like” heirloom turns out to be a 27 kg pearl worth millions
Weighing 27 kilograms, it could be the world’s biggest natural pearl with an estimated value between $60 million to $90 million.Updated: May 09, 2019 14:01 IST
We all love getting gifts from our relatives. This man, however, got something that is now creating a stir. CBC News reports that a few years back Abraham Reyes received a pearl from his aunt. Weighing 27 kilograms, it could be the world’s biggest natural pearl with an estimated value between $60 million to $90 million. It’s believed that the pearl is more than 1,000 years old.
Dubbed as Giga Pearl, it has been in Reyes’s family since 1959. However, the family 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-coloured object looks more like a “huge tooth” to them.
Reyes, who works as a mineral broker, got suspicious and had it checked by the experts. That is when the truth was revealed.
To hold and display the Giga Pearl, he got a 22-karat gold leaf octopus designed.
The gigapearl, an Ontario family's heirloom tracing back when the grandfather gifted it, could be the largest natural pearl #Canada #philippines #vancouver #toronto #montreal pic.twitter.com/QiH4JHUaFb— Millennials of Canada (@millennialsofCA) March 28, 2019
“It’s priceless to me,” Reyes told CBC News. Further adding, “the world should know that it does exist.”