Struggling Thai fisher finds a rare pearl worth $320,000


  • Hatchai Niyomdecha, a 37-year-old struggling Thai fisherman, has found a rare Melo orange pearl.
  • The pearl could be worth as much as 10 million baht ($332,762).
  • The Niyomdecha family is expecting a potential buyer from China next week, who will self-quarantine and follow safety protocols before meeting the family to check the gem.

Little did this Thai fisherman know that the old man in his dream could be prophesying his future.

Hatchai Niyomdecha, a struggling fisher from Thailand, stumbled upon three beautiful shells sticking to a discarded buoy ball, of which one had an orange pearl.

The 37-year-old fisherman was just picking up oyster shells that day with his family. Niyomdecha wasn’t at all expecting a luck out of their usual activity — although a few days ago, he said he had a strange dream.

“An old man in white with a long mustache told me to come to the beach so I can receive a gift. I think he led me to finding the pearl,” he said.

He believed that the old man could be a deity trying to help him get out of poverty, as the pearl, weighing 7.68 grams, could be worth as much as 10 million baht ($332,762). It turned out that the family has just found an extremely expensive pearl from a large snail, Melo Melo.

A few days later, the family heard from a wealthy businessman, living from another province, who wanted to buy the gem for one million baht ($33,276), but they declined the offer.

Another insistent luxury items collector reached out to them and offered five million baht, but the family also refused, thinking that there’d be a much higher price for the pearl.

The third potential buyer, from China, seemed to meet their asking price of 10 million baht.

The Chinese buyer, though, was hoping to see the pearl for himself first to determine if it’s genuine Melo. He is expected to fly to Thailand next week, will have to self-isolate for two weeks and follow other safety protocols before meeting the Niyomdecha family.

Usually found in the South China Sea and Andaman Sea off the coast of Burma, Melo pearls range from orange to tan to brown. Orange is its most expensive variant.

If you’re into gem collections, this could be your chance to own a rare pearl.

Source: Good News Network

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