The First Interstellar Energy Gambler - Chapter 51
Chapter 51: Try Your Luck
There were stalls full of jadeite on both sides of the street, which was dazzling.
While Lin Luo squatted on the ground to check the jadeite’s performance carefully, He Kun had already picked up a piece of jadeite and was ready to make an inquiry on the price. Even Mr. Liu and Mr. Wang, who had always been mature and prudent, already held jadeite that they obviously had a strong desire to buy.
“This is… an old pit type?” Lin Luo happened to glance at the piece of jadeite that He Kun was holding and showed a look of astonishment.
Old pit types are jadeite discovered and mined from older veins. The jadeite in this type of veins have had a very long time to form and are usually of better quality. However, these long-standing old pit veins have been exhausted under long-term mining, and the output of old pit jadeite has become less and less, which is why Lin Luo was so surprised when he saw the old pit type jadeite on the stall here.
“Yeah! This is the Vermi Open Auction! There will be a lot of old pit jadeite!” This was He Kun’s second time participating in the Vermi Open Auction, so he was already familiar it.
“Ha ha, Xiao Luo, you were shocked like this before you saw the jadeite on the auctions. If you saw them, wouldn’t you be scared silly?” Mr. Liu said jokingly.
“Ha ha ha.” Everyone laughed kindly. They all knew that it was Lin Luo’s first time participating in the open auction. Such a reaction was normal.
Lin Luo scratched his head in embarrassment, but his eyes brightened up. It seemed that this time he should be able to get a good harvest.
“Do you think the sand-finishing of this matrix stone is very good?” He Kun pushed the jadeite in his hand in front of Lin Luo like a treasure.
Lin Luo carefully inspected the skin of the piece of old pit jadeite, and couldn’t help but nod, “It’s really good.”
The piece of old pit jadeite had a black sand skin with python banding and pine flowers. Although there was a curved crack on the surface, it looked like the crack ran no deeper than the matrix and should not affect the jade inside. The chance of a bet increase was still very high. If the price is right it would indeed be worth buying it for a gamble.
“Boss, how much for this jadeite?” He Kun smiled and asked the stall owner for the price.
The boss glanced at this piece of jadeite and directly quoted a price, “700,000.”
Lin Luo was taken aback. He Kun’s jadeite was only about 6 or 7 kilograms, and the price of 700,000 credits was a bit expensive.
He Kun held this jadeite for a while as he hesitated, and when he was about to grit his teeth and buy it, Lin Luo gently pulled his sleeve.
He Kun turned his head and looked at him suspiciously.
“The fissures here have split…” Lin Luo lowered his voice and pointed to the cracked curved part on the surface of the jadeite.
He Kun was taken aback, and immediately raised the jadeite in the direction of the light for a closer look. Sure enough he found those few nearly indistinguishable split fissures. Because the color of the matrix stone was dark and the surface was uneven it was easy to overlook them. He Kun was startled into in a cold sweat. As the saying goes, he is not afraid of big cracks and small fissures, but this kind of small split fissure is a very dangerous type of small fissure, and it is likely to have an adverse effect on the jade inside.
Before the split fissures were discovered, this piece of jadeite might have been worth a bet of 700,000 credit. However, after the split fissures were discovered the risk of gambling collapse was greatly increased, and it was definitely not worth spending such a large amount of money.
However, both of them knew the rules and didn’t say much. They just put the jadeite back silently and made a look that they were simply not satisfied with the price. The stall owner didn’t care too much, and continued to greet other guests.
The two pretended to pick for a while before they got up and left. After walking a certain distance, He Kun patted his chest and exhaled, “Xiao Luo, it’s all thanks to you this time, otherwise I’m afraid I would have lost my money. ”
Lin Luo chuckled and waved his hand. In fact, he also didn’t notice it at first. After all, the jadeite did initially look like it was worth a bet. Its only that after hearing the stall owner’s offer, he thought of using his special ability to confirm it. He found that he jade’s energy had decayed, which meant that there was something wrong inside. Only then did he notice those few small forked fissures.
“Let’s go and look at the other jadeite.”
The two came to another booth and began to choose.
Lin Luo was quickly attracted to a piece of old pit jadeite with a yellow sand matrix. This piece of jadeite was evenly sanded, with fine grains, strong hand feeling, and pine flowers on the surface, which overall made the piece look like a good gamble. Out of caution, he still used his special ability to confirm, and after confirming that it would be a good bet he asked the stall owner for the price.
The stall owner gave a quote of 650,000 credits. Because it was an old pit type and had a good exterior, Lin Luo felt that the price was acceptable and bought it.
After that he bought a piece of red wax skin jadeite and a piece of white salt sand skin jadeite for 800,000 and 1 million respectively, which was a fruitful harvest.
Others also bought a piece or two of jadeite, including Wang Xun who bought a piece of lime skin jadeite to try his luck.
“Let’s go to the stone cutting area!” Wang Xun led everyone to the location of the cutting machines.
The jadeite bought here is usually cut on the spot. After all, people who come here participate in the subsequent public auctions. If you try your luck and cut the jadeite on the spot, you can cash back the funds by selling the jade that you got. If you are lucky, you can make a lot of money.
The cutting area is specially divided by the organizer of the public auction, and it is free to use by the guests who come to participate. There are 100 jadeite cutting machines here, but because there are so many people it is still not enough.
However, the jadeite cutting machines here are the latest models and feature fully automatic cutting and flushing with high-pressure water guns, which are very convenient to use and save time.
The crowd spread out and lined up behind the calcite machines. Lin Luo and He Kun held their jadeite and found a calcite machine with a shorter queue to line up behind, and chatted while waiting.
Lin Luo found that besides the people who carried jadeite to cut and and the people who were obviously watching the excitement, there were also many energy engineers and some people in uniforms that were constantly going back and forth between the various jadeite cutting machines.
“What are they doing?” Lin Luo asked curiously.
“They are waiting to purchase jade!” The Vermi Open Auction has gathered many high-quality jadeite, and good jade can often be produced here. The people standing and watching are all waiting to purchase the cut jade.
“I know those with badges on their chests are energy engineers, but what do those people in uniforms do?”
“All of these people in uniforms belong to energy companies. It seems that at least dozens of them have come here, and they are all dedicated to purchasing jade.” Energy companies have trade contacts with the military and major families and have strong funding. Of course they would not miss such a stone gambling event.
“It’s gone up!” Cheers came from around a jadeite cutting machine on the right front, and a group of people immediately surrounded it, for fear of missing the birth of a good jade.
If it weren’t for the fact that it was their turn to cut stone next, He Kun would actually have liked to go over and see the excitement.
Fortunately they didn’t go, or else they would have missed the jade in front of them.
The person in front of them was cutting a piece of pineapple matrix jadeite.
He put the jadeite on the stone cutting machine, then placed the chrome knife in a suitable position and pressed the start button. The chrome knife began to cut automatically without the need for manual control, which made it more efficient.
The pineapple skin jadeite is from mountain stone, and the skin is usually thin with no fog layer, so a single cut is enough to cut out the jade.
The water gun connected to the stone cutter automatically washed the sand on the cut surface, revealing the jade green color inside.
The texture was not bad, and looked to be an oily green jade with a very good color. Obviously, the bet was going up. As long as the jade was not too small, it would sell for a good price.
“Sir! Can you sell this piece of jadeite? I’m willing to pay half a million!”
The man shook his head and said, “I want to cut it myself.”
Most people who do rock gambling like to cut it to the end by themselves, especially in such a situation of obviously gaining value.
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