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More expensive than diamonds: a ranking of the rarest gems on Earth has been compiled

Date: January 28, 2023 Time: 09:31:14

Only one specimen of kyatuite is known to exist on the planet.

When talking about precious stones, diamonds, the forerunners of expensive diamonds, symbolizing wealth, surely come to mind.

However, there are minerals in nature, in comparison with which diamonds are found no less than sea pebbles. For example, kyautuit. This small orange colored crystal, weighing only 1.61 carats, found in Myanmar, exists in only one copy. However, in 2015 it was officially registered by the International Mineralogical Association.

There is no point in determining the price of a pebble, the weight of which is a little more than 0.3 grams; this mineral, known in a single copy, is simply priceless.

In second place is another rare gem, painite, named after its discoverer Arthur Payne. Painite, by the way, was also discovered in Myanmar in 1956. British mineralogist Arthur Payne bought two red crystals, believing them to be rubies. Only later did he discover that the stones he bought were something completely new. For a long time, only three similar stones were known in the world, then several more were found. By 2005, 25 painite crystals had been described, either in private collections or in two museums: the British Museum of Natural History and the Museum of the Gemological Institute of America.

In 2006, another painite deposit was discovered in Myanmar, but according to experts, the stones it contains are of a much lower quality than previously discovered.

Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.
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