Painite is an extremely rare borate of Ca, Zr and Al; with formula CaZrAl9 (BO3) O15
It is usually offered in the form of small loose crystals. Painites on a rock matrix or in crystals larger than 1 cm are very rare!
Painite is an exceptional mineral, for example, for the following reasons:
– Painite is found only in Burma (Myanmar)
– it contains elements Zr and B, which normally do not occur together in minerals
– The Guinness Book of Records classified painite as the rarest gem in the world in 2005. By 2001, only three pieces were known
Ruby is characteristic for its bright red color and is one of the most famous red precious stones. Large rubies are even rarer than diamonds. The oldest written records speak of mines in Myanmar. From there, he took trade routes to the royal courts and to the temples of ancient Egypt and Greece. In the Middle Ages, ruby was popular in Rome and the church as a symbol of blood. It was considered a stone of life that strengthens the heart and restores strength. In antiquity and the Middle Ages, he protected believers from the devil and protects them from the plague.