Ilmenite (unusually botryoidal) - Ohngaing, Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar


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This is an unusual and possibly one of a kind specimen of Ilmenite from the place best known as the type locality for the ultra-rare borate species, Painite. This piece came to me directly from a good friend who visits Mogok on a regular basis, and bought it as an unusual curiosity. The specimen has been analyzed (SXRD-analysis) and is confirmed Ilmenite. Essentially, think of Ilmenite as Hematite plus titanium. They are quite difficult to differentiate visually, but you can sometimes tell the difference because Ilmenite is slightly magnetic and Hematite is not.

This piece has a distinct botryoidal form, and almost resembles the "Blister" Hematite specimens that were on the market several years ago. The individual "balls" are lustrous and the color is a dark grey-black hue. A really unusual and incredibly hard to find specimen that would make a good addition to any thumbnail suite or collection of minerals from Myanmar.

Locality: Ohngaing (Ohn Gaing; Ohn Kai), Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 2.3 x 1.1 x 0.8 cm (thumbnail)

Specimen #BURMA22112

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