The Pearl of Lao Tzu, also known as the Pearl of Allah, is the world’s largest pearl, measuring 9.45 inches in diameter and weighing 6.4 kilograms. It was found by a Filipino diver off the coast of Palawan in 1934 in the cockles of a giant Tridacna gigas clam.
The story of the discovery of the Pearl of Lao Tzu is surrounded by mystery, myths and legends, but the true origin of this gem has remained elusive. It also became the central player in the biggest wrongful death ruling ever handed down in Colorado, USA.
The Pearl is not on public display and is presently included in the probate history of Victor M. Barbish.
Pearl farming is a major industry in Palawan. Several pearl farms currently operate in the municipalities of Balabac, Taytay, San Vicente, Dumaran, Busuanga, Culion, Linapacan and Coron.
A former pearl farm in Samal Island in Davao was converted into what is now a world-class private retreat.