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Painite

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Formula:
CaZrAl9(BO3)O15
System:
Hexagonal
Colour:
Red, brownish, orange-red
Hardness:
8
Name:
For Arthur Charles Davy Pain (b. 1902, Exmouth - d. 1971), British mineralogist and gemmologist.

Classification of Painite

Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
6.AB.85

6 : BORATES
A : Monoborates
B : BO3, with additional anions; 1(D) + OH, etc.
7.5.2.1

7 : MULTIPLE OXIDES
5 : (AB)2X3
7.10.3

7 : Oxides and Hydroxides
10 : Oxides of Zr and Th
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Type Occurrence of Painite

Year of Discovery:
1956

Physical Properties of Painite

Colour:
Red, brownish, orange-red
Hardness (Mohs):
8

Crystallography of Painite

Crystal System:
Hexagonal
Cell Parameters:
a = 8.72Å, c = 8.46Å
Ratio:
a:c = 1 : 0.97
Unit Cell Volume:
V 557.10 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Optical Data of Painite

Type:
Uniaxial (-)
RI values:
nω = 1.816 nε = 1.788
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.028
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High

Chemical Properties of Painite

Formula:
CaZrAl9(BO3)O15
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Painite to other Species

6.AB.05HambergiteBe2(BO3)(OH)
6.AB.10BerboriteBe2(BO3)(OH,F) · H2O
6.AB.15JeremejeviteAl6(BO3)5(F,OH)3
6.AB.20Warwickite(Mg,Fe2+)3Ti(BO3)2O2
6.AB.20YuanfuliiteMg(Fe3+,Fe2+,Al,Ti,Mg)(BO3)O
6.AB.25KarliteMg7(BO3)3(OH,Cl)5
6.AB.30Azoproite(Mg,Fe2+)2(Fe3+,Ti,Mg)(BO3)O2
6.AB.30BonaccorditeNi2Fe3+(BO3)O2
6.AB.30FredrikssoniteMg2(Mn3+,Fe3+)(BO3)O2
6.AB.30LudwigiteMg2Fe3+(BO3)O2
6.AB.30VonseniteFe22+Fe3+(BO3)O2
6.AB.35Pinakiolite(Mg,Mn2+)2Mn3+(BO3)O2
6.AB.40Blatterite(Mn2+,Mg)2(Mn3+,Sb3+,Fe3+)(BO3)O2
6.AB.40ChestermaniteMg2(Fe3+,Mn3+,Al,Sb3+)(BO3)O2
6.AB.40Orthopinakiolite(Mg,Mn2+)2Mn3+(BO3)O2
6.AB.40Takéuchiite(Mg,Mn2+)2(Mn3+,Fe3+)(BO3)O2
6.AB.45Hulsite(Fe2+,Mg)2(Fe3+,Sn)(BO3)O2
6.AB.45Magnesiohulsite(Mg,Fe2+)2(Fe3+,Sn,Mg)(BO3)O2
6.AB.45Aluminomagnesiohulsite(Mg,Fe2+)2(Al,Mg,Sn)(BO3)O2
6.AB.50FluoboriteMg3(BO3)(F,OH)3
6.AB.50HydroxylboriteMg3(BO3)(OH)3
6.AB.55ShabyniteMg5(BO3)(OH)5(Cl,OH)2 · 4H2O
6.AB.55WightmaniteMg5(BO3)O(OH)5 · 2H2O
6.AB.60GaudefroyiteCa4Mn3+2-3(BO3)3(CO3)(O,OH)3
6.AB.65SakhaiteCa12Mg4(BO3)7(CO3)4(OH)2Cl
6.AB.70HarkeriteCa12Mg4Al(BO3)3(SiO4)4(CO3)5 · H2O
6.AB.75Pertsevite-(F)Mg2(BO3)(F,OH)
6.AB.75Pertsevite-(OH)Mg2(BO3)(OH)
6.AB.80JacquesdietrichiteCu2(H2BO3)(OH)3
7.10.1BaddeleyiteZrO2
7.10.2ArkeliteZrO2
7.10.4SrilankiteZrTi2O6
7.10.5ZirconoliteCaZrTi2O7
7.10.6CalzirtiteCaZr3TiO9
7.10.7Tazheranite(Zr,Ti,Ca)O2-x
7.10.8Zirkelite(Ti,Ca,Zr)O2-x
7.10.9UhligiteCa3(Ti,Al,Zr)9O20 ?
7.10.10ThorianiteThO2

Other Names for Painite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Painit
Russian:Пейнит
Simplified Chinese:铝硼锆钙石
Spanish:Painita

Other Information

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Painite

Reference List:
American Mineralogist (1957): 42: 580.:

American Mineralogist (1976): 61: 88-94.

Mineralogical Magazine (1986): 50: 267-270.

Grew, E.S., and Anovitz, L.M. (1996) BORON: Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, second edition, as revised (2002).

Armbruster et al (2004), American Mineralogist: 89: 610-613.


http://minerals.caltech.edu/files/visible/painite/index.html

Internet Links for Painite

Specimens:
The following Painite specimens are currently listed for sale on minfind.com.

Localities for Painite

map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
Burma (Myanmar)
 
  • Kachin State
    • Mohnyin District (Moe Hnyin District)
      • Hpakant Township (Hpakan; Phakant; Phakan)
Themelis, Ted, 2008, Gems and Mines of Mogok.
  • Mandalay Division
    • Pyin-Oo-Lwin District
      • Mogok Township
        • Kyatpyin Central
Kyaw Thu (2007) The Igneous Rocks of the Mogok Stone Tract: Their Distributions, Petrography, Petrochemistry, Sequence, Geochronology and Economic Geology. PhD Thesis University of Yangon, Myanmar
Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
Jordi Fabre collection
Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
          • Thurein-taung
Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok; Kyaw Thu (2007) The Igneous Rocks of the Mogok Stone Tract: Their Distributions, Petrography, Petrochemistry, Sequence, Geochronology and Economic Geology. PhD Thesis University of Yangon, Myanmar
Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok; Kyaw Thu (2007) The Igneous Rocks of the Mogok Stone Tract: Their Distributions, Petrography, Petrochemistry, Sequence, Geochronology and Economic Geology. PhD Thesis University of Yangon, Myanmar
Pavel M. Kartashov data
        • Mogok Valley
Min.Mag.(1957) 31, 420-425; Amer.Min.(1976) 61, 88-94
Kyaw Thu (2007) The Igneous Rocks of the Mogok Stone Tract: Their Distributions, Petrography, Petrochemistry, Sequence, Geochronology and Economic Geology. PhD Thesis University of Yangon, Myanmar
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