Myanmar’s jade traders want to conquer the West

For decades jade trade has been a profitable business for a small group of people in Myanmar. At the largest jade market in the world, in Mandalay, jade traders are now hoping they can conquer the West with their precious stones.

Photo: Ate Hoekstra

“Jade trader Ko Art takes another look at the heavy jade stone that lies on the table in front of him. He puts a flashlight in it and the stone turns green from the inside. The seller, an Indian man with a moustache and a pale white shirt, looks over his shoulder. He hopes to receive $6,000 for it, but Ko thinks differently. “I can offer you $1,000.””

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