Jade boulder of monstrous size unearthed in Myanmar

Jade boulder of monstrous size unearthed in Myanmar

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Stunned miners unearthed the most valuable piece of jade seen in recent history in the remote northern Kachin State of Myanmar.

PRECIOUS STONES & MYANMAR

Jade boulder of monstrous size unearthed in Myanmar

Miners in the country of Myanmar have discovered a giant jade stone.

In the remote northern Kachin State of Myanmar, stunned miners unearthed the most valuable piece of jade ever seen in recent history.

The stone weighs 175 tonnes and is 4.3 metres high and 5.8 metres long.

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Myanmar is known as the source of nearly all of the world's high quality jadeite and Kachin state in the north has been known as a source of jade for hundreds of years.

Jadeite, a near translucent green stone, is one of the minerals recognized as the gemstone jade. The other mineral recognised as jade is nephrite. 

Intense green and translucent jadeite is considered the most valuable type of jade, but Chinese place the highest value on white jade (see here).

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Myanmar is the world's largest producer of jadeite.

The $50 billion a year jade industry is said to account for half of the country's GDP.

JADE SELLS FOR VERY HIGH PRICES

A much smaller 18 tonne nephrite jade boulder found in Canada in 2013 had a value of £1.6million.

The wholesale price of Jadite - most valuable form of jade - from mines is around £820 per kg - but prices can reach as much as £1,150.

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CHINESE RECORD-SIZED JADE BOULDER

The jade boulder found this week ranks second in size to the carved statue at the Jade Buddha Palace temple in China which weighs 260 tonnes.

The Jade Buddha Palace was opened in 1996 and houses one of the largest jade Buddha statues in the world. It is Located in Anshan City in Liaoning province, China and has officially been declared a state treasure.

Front of carved jade builder at Jade Buddha palace which weights 260 tonnes (Source: Wikipedia)

The Chinese statue is carved in a way that leaves most of the jade boulder intact, weighing 260.76 tonnes with dimensions 7.95 by 6.88 by 4.10 metres.

The front of the statue has an image of the Buddha and the back an image of Guanyin. The carving took 18 months to complete with a team of 120 sculptors. The jade stone itself was found on 22 July 1960 in Xiuyan County of Anshan, China (see here).

Back of carved jade builder at Jade Buddha palace which weights 260 tonnes (Source: Wikipedia)

NEIGHBOURING CHINA'S JADE MARKET  

Jade has long been an important mineral in China and China is a leading market for jade. China has also long been the leading producer in terms of stone cutting and distribution of jade and its products.

The boulder will likely be sent to China after a winning bid is placed and there it will likely be carved up into expensive jewellery and sculptures.

Cutting the huge boulder into many smaller pieces will fetch a higher price, according to some experts.

From the huge jade boulder many beautiful necklaces, bracelets and small statues for homes in China will be made.



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  • according to (prep): as stated or reported by somebody/something - ตามคำบอกเล่า, ตามรายงาน
  • account for: to be a particular amount or part of something -
  • bid: an offer to buy or provide something at a specific price - การประมูล, การให้ราคา, การเสนอราคา
  • boulder (noun): a very large rock which has been shaped by water or the weather - หินขนาดใหญ่เปลี่ยนเป็นรูปร่างต่างๆ เพราะน้ำ/อากาศ
  • bracelet: a piece of jewellery which is worn around the wrist or arm - กำไลข้อมือ
  • carve: to cut out from something like stone or wood - แกะ, ตัด
  • carved: cut from wood or stone - แกะสลัก
  • complete (verb): to finish something; to bring some project to an end after having done everything successfully - ทำเสร็จ, ทำให้สมบูรณ์
  • consider: to regard as; to think of as - ถือว่า
  • declare: to announce officially - ประกาศ
  • dimension (noun): a measurement in space, for example the height, width or length of something - ขนาด, ขอบข่าย, มิติ
  • discover: to find somebody/something, or learning about something that was not known about before - ค้นพบ
  • expensive (adj): costing a lot of money - แพง
  • expert: someone who has a particular skill or who knows a lot about a particular subject - ผู้เชี่ยวชาญ
  • GDP: gross domestic product, the total value of all goods and services produced in a country in a year, except for income received from money invested in other countries ผลิตภัณฑ์มวลรวมภายในประเทศ -
  • gemstone: a precious stone such as a diamond or rub that has been specially cut and polished so it can be worn as jewelry - เพชรพลอยที่ยังไม่เจียรไน
  • house: to be the place where something is kept, or where an activity is carried out - บรรจุ
  • huge: very large - ใหญ่โต
  • image: a photograph, painting, or other work of art that represents a person or thing - รูปภาพ
  • intact: not harmed, damaged, or lacking any parts as a results of something that has happened - สมบูรณ์ ไม่บุบสลาย
  • intense: very strong - แรง, เข้มข้น
  • jade: a hard stone that is usually green and is used in making jewellery and decorative objects - หยก,แร่หยก
  • jewellery: objects such as rings and necklaces that people wear as decoration - เพชรพลอย,อัญมณี
  • known as (verb): has the name .... -
  • leading (adjective): among the first and most important in a group - ชั้นหนึ่ง, ชั้นแนวหน้า, ชั้นนำ
  • miner (noun): a worker in a mine, a "mine" is a deep hole or holes under the ground where minerals such as coal, gold, etc. are dug - คนงานเหมือง
  • mineral: a valuable or useful chemical substance which is formed naturally in the ground - แร่
  • necklace: a piece of jewellery consisting of a chain, string of beads, etc. worn around the neck - สร้อยคอ
  • officially: publicly and by somebody who is in a position of authority - อย่างเป็นทางการ
  • palace: the official home of a king, queen, president, etc, a large impressive house - พระราชวัง, ตำหนัก, ปราสาท
  • producer: a person, a company or a country that grows or makes food, goods or materials - ผู้ผลิต
  • province: one of many divisions of the government of a country into smaller parts - จังหวัด
  • quality: the standard of something when it is compared to other things like it; how good or bad something is - คุณภาพ
  • recent: happening or starting a short time ago - เร็วๆ นี้
  • recognise: to know who a person is or what something is - จำได้ รู้จัก
  • remote: far away from other cities, towns, or people - ที่ห่างไกล 
  • sculpture: a solid object that someone makes as a work of art by shaping a substance such as stone, metal, wood or sand - รูปปั้น
  • source: the place or person or something comes from or starts at, or the cause of something - ต้นกำเนิด, แหล่งกำเนิด
  • source: to get something from a particular place - ได้จาก
  • state: government - รัฐบาล
  • statue: a human or animal image that is made of stone, wood, metal, etc. - รูปปั้น
  • stunned: very shocked or surprised - มึน, ตกตะลึง, งงงัน
  • translucent: clear enough for light to pass through but not completely clear; allowing light to pass through but not transparent - ที่ให้แสงผ่านได้น้อย
  • treasure: to have or keep something that you love and that is extremely valuable to you - รัก
  • unearth: to find something that is buried in the ground - ขุดขึ้นมา
  • valuable: worth a lot of money - มีค่า
  • value: how much something is worth in money or other goods for which it can be exchanged - มูลค่า
  • wholesale: relating to the business of selling large quantities of goods, especially to people who are going to sell them in a shop - ขายส่ง
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