Painite is a rare borate mineral named after British mineralogist and gem dealer Arthur Charles Davy Pain in 1951. The mineral is often associated with corundum in gem gravels. Pain originally thought the material to be ruby, but after additional study it was found to be a new mineral in 1957. It is extremely rare, and it is currently only known to come from a few locations in Myanmar. The crystal typically forms in elongated hexagonal prisms, but sometimes can be pseudo-orthorhombic.
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LWUV: Inert to strong red
Countries of Origin
In 1951 the British mineralogist and gem dealer Arthur Charles Davy Pain found the first specimen of Painite in Ohngaing, Mogok district, Sagaing, Myanmar. Until recent finds in Myanmar the British Natural History Museum possessed the only known specimen weighing 1.7 grams.