Miners Unearth Massive Jade Stone Worth $170 million

Stunned miners thought they had won the lottery when they struck this enormous boulder - the world's most valuable piece of JADE worth $175m. See SWNS story SWJADE. Workers were excavating rare gems at a remote mine in Kachin State, Burma, when they stumbled across the huge jadeite rock on Thursday afternoon. It weighs a staggering 175 tonnes (174,600kg) , measures 9ft high, 18ft long and 18ft wide. Remarkable pictures show local politician U Tint Soe standing next to the giant gem as it towers above him. The rock - which will appear its distinctive green once cleaned - is second only in size to the a carved statue at the Jade Buddha Palace in China which weighs 260 tonnes.

A mammoth-sized chunk of jade stone has been unearthed in Burma, the southeast Asian country also known as Myanmar.

The discovery was made in a remote mine in Kachin State in the north of the country. It measures 5.8 meters (19 feet) long and weighs a whopping 175 tonnes (192 US tons), the BBC reports. It’s believed to be worth an eye-watering $170 million.

“I assume that it is a present for the fate of our citizens, the government, and our party as it was discovered in the time of our government. It’s a very good sign for us,” said local politician U Tint Soe, according to the Independent.

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The stone is reportedly heading for China, where it will be carved into jewelry and sculptures.

The term jade can refer to two different types of metamorphic rock: jadeite and nephrite. This find is believed to be a jadeite rock. The two types are similar in appearance and used for ornamental purposes, although they have a different physical and chemical composition, with jadeite being the most valuable of the two. It’s extremely difficult to tell the difference just by visual inspection.

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Around 70 percent of the world’s high-quality jadeite is thought to come from Myanmar and makes up around half of their gross domestic product. Unfortunately, the multi-billion dollar trade is shrouded in government corruption, crime, and environmental destruction.

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