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Six-ton Chinese "pearl" is world's biggest and costs 88m pounds

By Abdul Nisar

London, Nov 25 (ANI): A huge luminous Chinese pearl weighing six tons and standing 5ft tall has been priced at 88 million pounds.

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.

"It is amazing and glows a blue green in the dark. These pearls are very sought after in China, especially when they are this size," the Daily Mail quoted one show organiser as saying.

The luminous stones, sometimes known as a Chintamani, are used as wish-fulfilling jewels 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".

Chintamani's depicted on Tibetan prayer flags and tradition maintains that one attains the Wisdom of Buddha by carrying it while reciting a prayer. (ANI)

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