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World's largest luminous pearl shines for $301m

11-25-2010 14:28 BJT

HAINAN, Nov. 25 -- The world's largest luminous pearl is displayed in Wenchang, South China's Hainan province, Nov 21, 2010. Weighing six tons and 1.6 meters in diameter, the pearl is the largest ever discovered and estimated to be worth two billion yuan ($301.197 million).

The world's largest luminous pearl is displayed in Wenchang, South China's Hainan
province, Nov 21, 2010. Weighing six tons and 1.6 meters in diameter, the pearl is
the largest ever discovered and estimated to be worth two billion yuan ($301.197
million).
 

The stone, formed mostly of a fluorite mineral, glows green in the dark and is prized more highly than diamonds in China. It was unearthed in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia and took its finders three years to grind the raw gem down to its pearl shape.

It has gone on show in Hainan, southern China, to attract buyers and have measurements taken for a world record bid. The luminous stones, sometimes known as a Chintamani, are a wish-fulfilling jewel within the Buddhist religion. Fluorite is well known for the amazing colours it can give out, so much so that it has been given the nickname of 'the most colourful mineral in the world'.


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