A family from a poor Thai fishing village was going to dine on shellfish collected from an old buoy in the Gulf of Thailand, but an unexpected find completely discouraged their appetite. In one of the shells, the 60-year-old head of the Niyomdecha family found a rare pearl worth more than $330K.
The tangerine-hued pearl, weighing 7.6 grams, was found in the Melo melo sea snail. In contrast to the typical oyster pearl, such pearls are very rare in gastropod mollusks. Their hue varies from brown to more valuable orange, and it takes much longer for them to form.
Hatchai Niyomdecha said that the day before his lucky find, he had a dream about an old man in white who invited him to the beach for a gift.
"I think he led me to the pearl," the man said. I want to sell the pearl for the highest price. The money won't just change my life; it will change my destiny. My whole family will have a better life."
The fisherman has already been addressed by at least three buyers, and one of them, from China, offered 10 million baht (about $332K) for the pearl.
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