My Thai family have requested that I post this on the Internet.
A Thai fisherman around Ranong in Thailand (close to the Burmeese border) have found a pearl which have been purchased by a Thai for 20.000 baht (~500USD). This Thai national have (apparently) had it brought to Bangkok and apparently checked, he is providing a certificate.
I have been living in Thailand for some time and know that Thailand is known for all kinds of schemes for copying and duplicating, so I am very sceptical of anything. However I am not going to buy this pearl. My Thai family have as noted before requested that I post this on the Internet to try see if anyone is interested due to them receiving a commission if they can sell the pearl.
I do not know anything about pearls, I do not have any interest in selling this pearl apart from my Thai family receiving that commission which according to the seller would be a percentage of the selling price.
First of all when I heard what the selling price was I was pretty surprised since I thought it a lot of money but again since I do not know anything about pearls I looked on the internet and found prices like 40 mill (Pearl of Allah) and other very high amounts.
Anyway I am attaching some pictures of the pearl. Some members of the family borrowed my digital camera and went to see the pearl. At the moment I am visiting Thailand and am living in Phang Nga (about 100km north of Phuket) and the drive to Ranong (around 350km) is managed in a day.
Disclaimer. I do not know is this is a fake, it might be a piece of plastic for all I know. Anyone interested should either be a pearl expert, or bring a pearl expert. If they want to take the pearl to a testing facility they should provide an extra flight ticket for the Thai owner since he does not part with the pearl. They should probably also bring a Thai - English (or what ever language you want the translation in) since the owner only speaks Thai. I do speak both languages, but do not want to partake in the deal in any way. You should bring people that are loyal to you either due to you paying them money or due to being friends/family etc...
Asking selling price is highest bidder or a minimum of 7 mill baht (around 180.000-200.000 USD).
I was contacted by my sister in law, that in turn was contacted by the owner of the pearl. The pearl has not been sold yet, and this has led to a drop in the price. The current price is 57.000 USD.
I have never seen a pearl in this color.
Is this a hopeless / outrageous price?
The pictures have on purpose been scaled down due to low bandwidth connection. Higher quality can be provided.
Does natural pearl (if it truly is real) appear as round/spherical as this one, most of the ones I have been able to find on the Internet looks like The pearl of Allah (goats brain) or a lump of melted wax. Almost looks too good to be true?
When looking at the pictures in large quality there do appear to be a minor defect on the pearl surface though.
The attached picture DSC02160.JPG contains a picture taken of the certificate provded by the owner of the pearl.
High quality images can be found here:
as well as a translated sampled of the lab report