Painite (ultra rare)

Ohngaing, Mogok, Myanmar (Burma)
0.05 ct, 2.10 mm
Start Time: 01/10/2019 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/17/2019 7:00:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $25

Item Description

Next to Phosphophyllite, 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 deep cognac brown color "Round" 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 in this stone when STRONGLY backlit. Also, the majority of cut Painites are less than 1/4 carat, so this stone is not terribly small by Painite standards! There are some flaws in this gem, but the color is decent and this is extremely rare material. Keep in mind that because of the tremendous rarity of this material, Painite is now legitimately retailing for $4,000-$5,000 per carat.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
fifedog $25 01/12/2019 11:08:36 pm (CST)