What a jewel! Australian farm makes a rare discovery, as it discovers TEN PEARLS inside a single oyster shell
- A rare discovery of 10 pearls inside a single oyster shell was discovered
- The oyster shell is a Pinctada Maxima, the largest and rare of all pearly oysters
- Pearl producer James Brown said it could be a unique discovery in life
Paula Ahillon for Daily Mail Australia
A rare discovery of 10 pearls within a single oyster shell has been discovered at one of Australia's oldest pearl farms, making it potentially a unique discovery in life.
The third generation of pearl producer James Brown and his family have been pearling at Cygnet Bay in West Kimberley, in the northern region of Western Australia, for more than 60 years.
Mr. Brown was surprised to have discovered the single shell this week and said that natural pearls only form in one out of every five thousand to ten thousand Perla Pinctada Maxima oyster shells.
A rare discovery of 10 pearls in a single oyster shell found in an Australian pearl farm
A Pinctada Maxima is a species of pearly oyster, with white lips or golden lips, and is the largest and rare of all pearly oysters.
"I've operated hundreds and thousands of projectiles myself and I've never seen anything like it," he said.
"You should also remember that when we grow pearls in this species, we get only one at a time, and it takes two years, and you may get only 70 to 80 percent success."
Pinctada Maxima is the largest and rarest perl oyster species in the world.
Cygnet Bay Pearls still holds the record for the world's most valuable cultured pearl, measuring 22.24 mm and weighing 156 grams.
It is believed that the Brown family has been offered up to $ 1 million for the gem, but it has never been sold.
The pearl farm has a history of keeping its most valuable pearls.
The discovery of these ten pearls is exhibited at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm in WA.
The priceless pearl finds its permanent home in Broome.