In 2014 Volker Bassen sponsored the digging of a water well for a Kenyan orphanage. After digging for 2 weeks the workers found a clamshell. Although in quite bad shape they called Volker who came to have a look at it.
Attached the the fossil clamshell was a boulder the size of a mango. Upon closer examination Volker thought it might be a baroque blister pearl. Only 2 smaller ones had been found previously, both certified by GIA.
After carefully cleaning away the ancient limestone it became apparent that this find was indeed a baroque blister pearl, the size of a mango, the biggest T.Gigantea pearl ever found! According to the depth layer it was found in the Venus Pearl is estimated to be between 240-250.000 years old.
Underneath all the limestone a true gem started to emerge. Baroque blister pearls found in giant clams are among the most valuable pearls in the world. The pearl of Allah is worth an estimated 50 million U$. It is not the beauty that defines the value of these pearls, it is the rarity of them.
Volker soon realised that this was no ordinary baroque blister pearl. After a long and tedious work it became apparent that this pearl was unique. Despite having been buried for 250.000 years it was still in pristine condition, a true gem..
The end result, a baroque blister pearl in mint condition, the size of a mango!
The Venus Pearl is currently being displayed in Dubai at the World Trade Centre.