At the turn of the century, a sultan refused an offer for $25,000 for the Sulu Pearl.
According to a personal communication from E. Z. Steever, governor of the District of Sulu, the largest pearl that he had seen in the islands belongs to the sultan, and is now in the possession of Hadji Butu, former prime minister.
It is an oblate spheroid, there being a trifling difference between the two diameters. The upper hemisphere is very beautiful; the lower one has a few minute, black specks with are superficial and could be easily removed, the pearl not having been treated since it was taken from the oyster.
This pearl measures five eighths of an inch at its greatest diameter and is said to weigh twelve carats (forty-eight grains).
Hadji Butu informed Governor Steever that the sultan had refused $25,000 for the pearl in Singapore.
Information as recorded in 1908 by Kunz and Stevenson in "The Book of the Pearl".
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