Miners in Myanmar (Burma) have unearthed one of the world’s most valuable pieces of jade worth $170 million. Workers were excavating rare gems at a remote mine in Kachin State when they stumbled across the gem stone.

The rock weighing 175 tonnes and measuring 2,75 meters high and 5,5 meters long, is second only in size to the carved statue at the Jade Buddha Palace in China which weighs 260 tonnes.

The boulder – which will appear its distinctive green once cleaned – will be sent to China where it will be carved up into expensive jewellery and sculptures.


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