The extreme rarity of Painite began to change in 2001 with the discovery of a 55ct. crystal also from the Mogok area. According to Burmese sources, additional specimens were discovered in secondary deposits around Namya (Nanyaseik) in 2002 and more in Mogok in 2004. Just a year later miners and geologists discovered a primary deposit at the Thurein-taung and Wetloo mines in the Mogok area.
Since then, more than one thousand crystals of painite have been unearthed but only a small percentage were suitable for faceting. The painite from Nanya is very small with most crystals weighing less than 1 ct.
Rossman GR (2006) New discoveries of painite in Myanmar (Burma). Gems & Gemology 41, 356.
Vincent Pardieu http://www.aigslaboratory.com/painite.php