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Is there any word or phrase that can describe someone or something that looks bad, ugly, rustic or quite normal or useless but actually has incredibly great internal value?

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The great qualities are far from easily displayed, maybe because ordinary people around have no discerning eyes for talent, or because the good things are intentionally concealed.

*The ~ in following sample is what I am seeking for.*

People look down upon Peter, for he's constantly wearing shabby clothes. However, few know he's a guy in possession of a large fortune. Peter is ~.

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  • How is wealth an "internal value"? – AmE speaker Oct 25 '17 at 0:53
  • Just an example. In my view, money-making ability is a great value. You can replace a large fortune with other qualities, like , dog training skills, strong powers of persuasion, etc – Sleeping On a Giant's Shoulder Oct 25 '17 at 0:55
  • Antique. And likely you mean intrinsic value, rather than internal value? – Xanne Oct 25 '17 at 1:35
  • I mean good value, either inherited from previous generations, or something learned the hard way, or bestowed on her by GOD – Sleeping On a Giant's Shoulder Oct 25 '17 at 1:38
  • Clare, why my question put on hold?? You explain ? – Sleeping On a Giant's Shoulder Oct 26 '17 at 0:27
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A diamond in the rough:

one having exceptional qualities or potential but lacking refinement or polish

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