Thai fisherman finds rare orange pearl worth $330K
For those of you that have always hoped to find a pearl in a shell and have never been so lucky, well, for one fisherman that dream come true. Not only did he find a pearl, but a rare orange shell that is worth more than $330.000 – and in Thailand, that is better than winning the lottery
Brothers Hatchai Niyomdecha, 37, and Worachat Niyomdecha, 35, had been walking the shores of Nakhon Si Thammarat in the Gulf of Thailand on Jan. 27 when they come across this extraordinary discovery.
The brothers had found an abandoned buoy that was dotted with shellfish. They both started plucking the snails with plans to eat them as a snack when their father came across the find.
The tangerine-hued pearl, which is about the width of a dime and weighs 7.68 grams, was found in the Melo melo sea snail, as opposed to typical oyster pearls.
These exceedingly rare pearls, formed in a gastropod native to Asian waters, can be found in shades from tan or brown to the more coveted orange colour, and take many more years to form than standard pearls.
Hatchai, whose family hails from an impoverished fishing community, believes it may have been destiny that led him to the treasure.
“An old man in white with a long moustache told me to come to the beach so I can receive a gift. I think he led me to finding the pearl,” he said of a dream he had just days before the discovery.
“I want to sell the pearl for the highest price,” he told Viral Press. “The money won’t just change my life, it will change my destiny. My whole family will have better lives.”
He was since approached by at least three buyers, two of whom low-balled the pearl’s value.
The family, including wife Worachat Niyomdecha, 35, and their two sons, is negotiating with a buyer from China who is allegedly offering $10 million Baht (about $332,000) following a live appraisal, scheduled for later this month.