China woman faints after breaking jade bracelet in jewellery shop

media captionThe incident happened in a shop in south-western Yunnan province

A Chinese woman fainted in a jewellery shop after accidentally breaking a jade bracelet priced at $44,000 (£35,000).

The tourist from eastern Jiangxi province was trying on the bracelet in a shop in Ruili in Yunnan province near the border with Myanmar, where much of the jade in China is from.

When she was told the bracelet's price she quickly took it off but in her haste dropped it, state media reported.

No agreement over compensation for the shop has yet been reached.

Shop staff attempted to calm the woman after the breakage, but she turned pale, began sweating and eventually fainted, a report on news website quoted the shop owner's son as saying.

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image captionThe bracelet was worth tens of thousands of dollars

She came round after other customers who had rushed to help pinched her under her nose, the People's Daily reported.

Shop staff then told the woman she could pay $25,000 to resolve the matter, but she said she could only afford $1,500, the report said.

Police were unable to persuade the parties to reach an agreement and the matter may need to go to court.

A local precious gem association told news portal Sina that the bracelet was worth only $26,000.

What is jade?

media captionAs Jonah Fisher reports, control of much of Myanmar's lucrative jade market is still in the hands of the former military junta
  • Jade is a generic term for two different gemstones, nephrite and jadeite
  • It is found in many colours including green, white, grey, black, yellow, orange and violet
  • Known to humans for 7,000 years, but used in prehistoric times for tools and weapons because it is so tough
  • Chinese people see it as representing good health and long life
  • Mayas and Aztecs in Central America valued it more highly than gold

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