9. Did you know…

pearl of allah, Pearl of Lao Tzu, oro de rey, winnipeg jeweller

THE LARGEST PEARL IN THE WORLD, the Pearl of Allah or the Pearl of Lao Tzu as it is now called, has a length of 9.4 inches and weighs 14 pounds and is found in the Philippines.  It got its original name from a Muslim diver who found the pearl with its surface having an image of a turbaned face so he named it “Pearl of Allah”.

It is not a gem-quality pearl, but is instead what is known as a “clam pearl” or “Tridacna pearl” from a giant clam.

Gemologist Michael Steenrod in Colorado Springs has appraised the pearl at $60 million (1982) and $93 million (2007).

Read more about it at http://www.thecollectiveint.com/2013/04/the-pearl-of-allah-largest-pearl-in.html