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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.

it's viral Updated: May 09, 2019 14:01 IST
Trisha Sengupta
Trisha Sengupta
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It’s believed that the pearl is more than 1,000 years old. (Twitter/@millennialsofCA)

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.

“It’s priceless to me,” Reyes told CBC News. Further adding, “the world should know that it does exist.”

First Published: May 09, 2019 13:59 IST