Pattaya area chef reveals ultra-rare ‘Melo’ pearl weighing just over 90 carats reportedly found in shell from Pattaya area market

PHOTO: Sophon Cable TV (STV)


A local chef has revealed what he says is a rare Melo pearl weighing just over 90 carats which was reportedly found inside a shell that he bought in a market in Pattaya ten years ago, the second one in Thailand in a matter of weeks.

First, if you do not know what a Melo pearl is, you can learn more here.

Mr. Patipat Hatthadon, 57, filed a report to the Banglamung Police yesterday (February 23rd) with the Melo pearl and a certificate from the Gem and Jewelry Institution of Thailand (Public Organization).

PHOTO: Sophon Cable TV (STV)

He said, “I am a chef. I bought a shell at the Larn Poe Market in Naklua ten years ago. I found the pearl inside the shell. I thought it was some sort of weight or lead ball that market vendors sometimes put inside shells to make them heavier to raise the price and had ignored it for many years.”

“I tried to use a knife to pierce the pearl and determine what it was but it didn’t work and I had left it on a religious shelf for the past decade, unaware of what I potentially had.” Patipat continued.

“Recently I saw many news articles about Melo pearls, as another pearl had been found in Thailand recently and drawn significant media attention. I took the pearl to the Gem and Jewelry Institution of Thailand who stated the pearl is real and weighs 90.10 carats. It is now being kept securely at a bank while I determine my next step. I filed a police report for legal protection due to the value of the stone.” Patipat told the local news media.

PHOTO: Sophon Cable TV (STV)

“I have already been contacted by collectors from different countries interested in purchasing the pearl. I am currently weighing offers.” Patipat concluded.

The Pattaya News notes this pearl if continued to deem authentic, is likely worth millions and millions of baht, with another recent and smaller pearl deemed worth at least ten million baht-a life-changing discovery that, for the past ten years, had been sitting on a shelf.

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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for four year. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.