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?


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

A diamond in the rough:

one having exceptional qualities or potential but lacking refinement or polish

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