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Miners Dig Up a £140 Million Jade Stone in Myanmar

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Myanmar, previously known as Burma, has become the center of attention recently because miners there have found the world’s largest and most valuable piece of jade.

The stone was found in Kachin State and has an incredible size of 18 feet long, 18 feet wide, and 9 feet high, weighing around 175 tons. This puts its value at approximately 140 million British pounds or $170 million.

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A local politician stated that the jade is the size of two small houses.

It was definitely a surprising find, but Myanmar is a cornerstone for top quality jadeite which makes for 70% of the global supply of jade.

Sao Min, a 44-year-old miner involved in the find, said, “We thought we had won the lottery. But this belongs to the country. It is in honor of our leaders.”

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Local politician U Tint Soe expressed his thoughts, “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.”

The astonishing jade will be sent to China to be carved into eye-catching jewelry and beautiful sculptures.

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