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Painite (ultra rare) viewBack to SPECIAL $100 and $50 RESERVE GEMSTONE AUCTION - Ends November 29th, 2018

Ohngaing, Mogok, Myanmar (Burma)
  • Starting Time:11/22/2018 07:00:00 PM(CST)
  • Ending Time:11/29/2018 07:00:00 PM(CST)
  • Time Left:Auction Is Closed

  • Start Bid:$50
  • Reserve Bid:$50
  • Current Bid:n/a
  • Size:0.18 ct
  • Size Description:3.90 mm x 2.72 mm

Description:Next to gems like Phosphophyllite and Grandidierite, Painite is considered one of the "Holy Grail" of rare gemstones and one of the rarest minerals on the planet. It was named after its discoverer, British gemologist Arthur Charles Davy Pain. Believe it or not, the Guinness Book of World Records has described Painite as THE rarest gem mineral. Discovered in Burma in the early 1950's, from 1956 until 1979 only three crystals of this hexagonal mineral were known to exist ! Recently, in Burma, there has been a new find of what is the largest discovery of this super rare gem. This is the result of years of laborious detective work, long days of digging and mining the few hills and sorting each and every crystal and fragment by hand. It is doubtful that there will be any more Painite, ever! Chemically, Painite is CaZrBAl9O18. However, it also contains minor amounts of chromium and vanadium and traces of iron that contribute to the orange-red to brownish-red color of the mineral. This particular gem, is a beautiful golden-brown / cognac color "Oval" cut stone. It is very difficult to find stones with good transparency and rich color. Most gems are almost too dark to see any color and appear "black". The color shows up fairly well in this stone when strongly backlit. Also, the majority of cut Painites are less than 1/4 carat, so this stone is not small by Painite standards at all ! This stone is fairly gemmy in areas, although it does have obvious inclusions, but the color is rich for a stone this size. Keep in mind that this is extremely rare material. Please note that despite the great hardness of the material, it is somewhat brittle. Due to the tremendous rarity of this material, fine quality Painite is now legitimately retailing for $4,000-$5,000 per carat.

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