The Stone of Heaven

The Stone of Heaven : The Secret History of Imperial Green Jade

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Diamonds, sapphires and rubies are commonly thought to be the world's most valuable gemstones but there is another that is even more precious. It is Imperial Green Jade, or jadeite. Since its discovery nearly 2,000 years ago, Imperial Green Jade has been worshipped, ingested and traded. Those who returned from Burma in the fifteenth century came with stories of a kingdom built entirely from the green stone - a place they called the 'Lost Valley of Capelan'. Today foreigners are barred from the place in northern Burma known as 'Jadeland', where thousands of soldiers guard the dictatorship's treasures. In order to be the first Europeans ever to get there, Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark had to persuade Rangoon's generals to escort them. This book reveals how they did so and in its final chapters takes the reader on a terrifying journey to the 'Lost Valley of Capelan'. What they discovered was jadeite's biggest secret: a human disaster of biblical proportions.

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 131 x 197 x 32mm | 385g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 16, 2 maps
  • 0753813297
  • 9780753813294

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About Adrian Levy

Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark were staff writers for the SUNDAY TIMES in London before becoming foreign correspondents in Asia. THE STONE OF HEAVEN was listed in the SUNDAY TIMES 100 Best Books of the Year.

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