A woman in Fujian Province is counting her blessings after a pearl she kept safe in a rice jar turned into six pearls nine years later.
Ms. Lin, who lives in Fuzhou, bought the original jewel in 2005 for 10 yuan ($1.60) from a pearl farmer in Hainan Province. It had been harvested on-site from an oyster.
The man told her it was best to preserve the pearl in a jar of rice. Nine years later, she went to look at it, and discovered five other pearls had joined it.
“The original one had doubled in size,” she told FZ News.
The media interviewed a Mr. Wang, Secretary of Fujian Jewelry and Jade Association, who was unable to provide an explanation for what had happened. He said that pearls can only grow inside an oyster, and it is impossible for a pearl to grow out of water.
Do you have any suggestions how this could have happened?