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Huge 175-ton jade stone unearthed in Burma

Posted on Sunday, 16 October, 2016 | Comment icon 16 comments
Miners were ecstatic when they came across the stone which is thought to be worth around $170 million.
Found in Kachin state, the enormous hunk of jade weighs 175 tons, is 19ft long and 14ft high.

The mining of jadeite is big business in Myanmar (Burma) and constitutes half of the country's entire GDP. The valuable green stones are used to craft everything from statues and tools to fine jewelry.

In this case it is likely that the record-breaking stone will be cut up and sold to China.

"We thought we had won the lottery," said Sao Min, one of the miners who helped excavate it. "But this belongs to the country. It is in honour of our leaders."

Source: BBC News | Comments (16)

Tags: Jade, Burma

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Comment icon #7 Posted by aquatus1 on 16 October, 2016, 17:24
"Meet your quota today?" "Heh...yeah, yeah we did..."
Comment icon #8 Posted by freetoroam on 16 October, 2016, 17:26
But what about the 210 tonne bit?
Comment icon #9 Posted by third_eye on 16 October, 2016, 17:47
Well being a rock you can't really tell if its entirely Jade ... there are methods to make good guesses through measurements and weights but in the end until its examined through and through it could be just a big rock covered in Jade ... ~
Comment icon #10 Posted by geraldnewfie on 16 October, 2016, 17:59
so guess the price of jade went down considering of its rarity?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Saru on 16 October, 2016, 18:50
I can only find one source reporting it to be 210 tons, it's 175 everywhere else.
Comment icon #12 Posted by freetoroam on 16 October, 2016, 19:21
Going with this as 175 tonnes as it is not the largest ever found, which weight 260 tonnes the enormous hunk of jade weighs 175 tons Versus It weighs a staggering 175 tonnes, tons and tonnes are not the same in weight??? maybe someone can explain it too me, not that good on weight measures. Sorry, this has just bugged me even though I am trying to convince myself I do not really care, its still a great find. ... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Sundew on 16 October, 2016, 19:21
Jade is not all that rare, it's more of a semi-precious stone. Still, that's a monumental find for any valuable mineral.There are two minerals called jade, jadeite and nephrite. I saw a boulder (I believe of the latter mineral) in Alaska that had slabs being sawn off the side. They were using a long diamond blade that rocked back and forth and was kept wet. The boulder was the size of a small car, and they said it took months to cut one sheet of jade several inches thickoff the stone.
Comment icon #14 Posted by rashore on 16 October, 2016, 19:44
To my understanding, Tonnes are Brit metric- 1000kg,metric ton is US 2240 pounds, 1016kg. There is a wee bit difference, just like a yard and meter don't perfectly match. There's also short tons (US) and long tons (Brit) too, but aren't used too much in reporting like this.
Comment icon #15 Posted by freetoroam on 16 October, 2016, 20:12
Thankyou, will now simplify things for myself and just stick to this as being a pretty large find.
Comment icon #16 Posted by paperdyer on 17 October, 2016, 16:11
Typically to make conversions easier from one to the other ton, the 2240 rounded down to 2200 lb. so you don't get "decimal dust" when you start consuming the ton in a commercial application. At least that's what we had to do to get SAP not to spit out all types of reports for under and over shipments to customers when my company converted to metric for our package sizes.

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