Miners in Burma unearthed one of the world’s most valuable pieces of jade on Sunday at a remote mine in Kachin State. Weighing 175 tonnes, the stone is estimated to be worth £140 million. The workers were excavating rare gems when they stumbled across the remarkable stone. The miners will send the boulder to China where it will get carved up into expensive jewellery and sculptures.
“We thought we had won the lottery. But this belongs to the country. It is in honour of our leaders,” Miner Sao Min, 44, told Daily Mail.
“The jade is as big as two small houses that are 9ft square. I assume that it is a present for the fate for 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,” another miner U Tint Soe said to Daily Mail.
The stone measuring approximately 9 feet high and 18 feet long and is second largest in size. The carved statue at Jade Buddha Palace in China which weighs 260 tonnes is the largest jade stone in the world.
The country, with 50 billion dollar a year revenue, is the largest producer of jadeite. The jadeite industry represents half of Myanmar’s GDP.