Friday, December 04, 2009
Check out the Palawan Princess, an incredible, five-pound blister pearl which measures six inches in diameter.
This giant gem is the second largest in the world and expected to fetch over $400 000 at auction this week.
The Palawan Princess is a rare and immense blister pearl weighing five pounds. It is surpassed only by the renowned 14 pound Pearl of Allah.
The beautiful pearl measures six inches in diameter and is still attached to the giant clam shell it was formed in.
Gemologists at the European Gem Laboratories, who examined and authenticated the pearl, said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime look at one of nature’s most unique treasures. A pearl this size is not only one of the largest ones we have ever seen, it is among the largest pearls ever seen anywhere.”
The clam shell was found off the coastal waters of the Philippines by a professional pearl diver. It is being auctioned by Bonhams and Butterfields in Los Angeles on December 6.