Malaya Garnet

Sunset Malaya Garnet

A peek into the history of Malaya Garnet

Malaya (Malaia) garnet was first discovered in the 1960s. It was found in the Umba River Valley bordering Tanzania and Kenya, which remains the primary source for Malaya garnet today. In the 1990s, a second commercial source was discovered in Bekily, Madagascar.

Did you know?

  • Malaya garnet is one of the rarer and more interesting 'hybrid' varieties of garnet. In fact, garnet comes in 6 main mineral groups / species -- almandine, andradite, grossular, pyrope, spessartine and uvarovite -- and often they form chemical mixtures between 2 or 3 garnet species, as is the case here with Malaya garnet. This makes garnet one of the hardest stones to identify and always forms a nice challenge for gemologists… (another stunning hybrid variety is the yellow Mali garnet).
  • Malaya garnet is primarily a mix of the species pyrope and spessartine garnet, but some stones can even contain parts of the other 4 garnet groups.
  • The term "malaya" was derived from a Swahili word meaning 'outcast'. Miners gave it this name because when it was first discovered, local dealers wouldn't buy it, simply because it didn't fall into any of the standard garnet categories; and so, it was cast aside! If only they’d known.
  • Since its discovery, the production and mining of malaya garnet has been very irregular, and because of its rarity, it is highly prized by gem collectors.
  • Garnets are one of the few gemstones that typically do not receive treatments (i.e. they are not ‘enhanced’) in any way, and so their colors are fully natural. And so far, this variety also hasn’t been recreated as a synthetic (man-made) gemstone either.

Why fall in love with Malaya Garnet?

  • Malaya garnets have remarkable brilliance, and ‘fire’. This means it can show desirable ‘rainbow-colored’ flashes when the stone is moved (like a diamond, but this is rare to find in colored gemstones).
  • Its great hardness (i.e. its good resistance to scratches) and brilliance make it belong to the world’s finest quality gemstones.
  • Its very special color is reminiscent of burning exotic sunsets, and can be used as a chic substitute for the much desired - and even much more expensive - pink-orange Padparadscha sapphire!
  • Fine quality Malaya garnets - so in a good pink-orange color - are so rare and special that you’ll be one of the few on the planet wearing one…
  • Malaya garnet is known to exhibit scintillating flashes of red, incomparable to any other type of garnet.
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