Miners in Burma have found one of the world’s most valuable pieces of jade. A team of government-employed Burmese miners were working in a mine in Kachin State and simply doing what miners do, searching for precious, valuable gemstones to bring to the man.
That’s when they stumbled across a monster of a stone, which turned out to be a nearly 200-ton, 14-foot-high-by-19-foot-long beautiful jade boulder.
About 70% of the world’s Jade comes from Myanmar, but the trade has brought with it crime and government corruption.
Burma – or Myanmar – is the world’s largest producer of jadeite – and the 50 billion dollar a year industry represents half of the country’s GDP.
The boulder will be sent to China where it will be carved up into expensive jewellery and sculptures.
Jade is an ornamental rock. Jadeite is a sodium- and aluminium-rich pyroxene. The precious form of jadeite jade is a microcrystalline interlocking growth of jadeite crystals.