Huge jade stone worth $170 million discovered in Myanmar

Miners in Myanmar have unearthed a huge jade stone weighing 175 tonnes, and worth an estimated US$170 million.

This Stone is 18ft long, 18ft wide and 9ft high and was discovered in a remote mine in Kachin State, in the north of the country.

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is the source of nearly all of the world’s finest jadeite, a near-translucent green stone.

The jade industry is responsible for nearly half of the country’s GDP.

One of its biggest markets is neighbouring China, where it is known as the “stone of heaven”.

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