A Filipino-Canadian owns a P4.7 billion-worth pearl

Is anyone keeping an heirloom? So, what is the rarest and most valuable heirloom that you own right now? And, what is actually an heirloom?

Wikipedia states that in popular usage, an heirloom is something that has been passed down for generations through family members. Examples are antiques or jewelry. The term originated with the historical principle of an heirloom in English law, a chattel which by immemorial usage was regarded as annexed by inheritance to a family estate.

A Filipino-Canadian, Abraham Reyes, now based in Mississauga, Ontario, now owns one of the world’s largest pearls, a family heirloom that was kept for so long in his family’s home in Manila.

Reyes said that the pearl weighs 27.65 kilograms.  He recalled that it was brought by his uncle from Camiguin as a “pasalubong” to his aunt way back 1959.

Nobody in the family knew that this pearl is going to be very famous and very precious as it now holds its title being one of the world’s largest pearls.  The pearl was named “Giga Pearl,” and it came into Reyes’ possession in 2016.

The pearl, now sitting in a bronze octopus sculpture, is worth between $60 and $90 million (P3.13 to P4.7 billion). Reyes had the pearl authenticated by the Gemological Institute of America in New York City.

Reyes said he is not selling the pearl. He wants to showcase it in various museums, instead, for the world to see. He wants to preserve its value by making it as a specimen and to create environmental awareness.

Although the Giga Pearl is gigantic, there is a contender, which is claimed to be the world’s largest pearl with a whopping weight of 34 kilograms. It is owned by a fisherman in Palawan and was put on display at the city hall of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. – LMI

Source: ABS–CBN News

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