Rose Malaya Garnet
The peachy-red to reddish-orange garnet
Rose Malaya Garnets are from the large family of Malaya Garnets. Their color ranges from open peachy-red to red-orange to red.
These gems have a colorful history. They were first discovered with Rhodolite Garnets in the Umba Valley, Tanzania.
Since they had a very different color to Rhodolite, dealers would throw them out of parcels and refer to them as ‘out of the family’ or of ‘ill-repute’.
Hence the name ‘Malaya’, which means prostitute in Swahili, East Africa’s primary language.
How the world changes – we bet those same dealers regret every stone they threw out!! Today, Malaya Garnets are a collector’s favorite.
The Umba Valley is a treasure trove of gems. Many different varieties of Garnets are found there including Malaya, Tsavorite, Grossular, Red, Rhodolite and the rare Color Change Garnets.
Other gems found in the Umba Valley include Fancy Sapphires, Rubies, Chrome and Dravite Tourmalines, and Red, Pink, Peach, Yellow and Champagne Zircons.
Most gem garnets are a mix of different species. In the case of Rose Malaya it is Pyrope, Almandine and Spessartine, which are classified as Pyralspite Garnets by gemologists.
While most Garnets saturate in color as they get bigger, Rose Malaya Garnets still have beautiful open colors even in larger sizes.
Garnets are part of a large family of silicate minerals that have similar physical properties but vary in chemical composition.
Pure Garnet would be colorless; it is the trace elements that give garnets their colors.
For example, iron and chromium create reds and greens; chromium and vanadium create greens, and manganese creates pinks and oranges.
Garnet is the birthstone for January, celebrates the 2nd Anniversary and comes in almost all colors of the spectrum including the rare color-change material.
Lots of choice for January birthdays!
We have many more shapes and sizes available in Rose Malaya Garnet – please contact us if you don’t find what you are looking for in our online inventory.
|Garnet, Pyrope-Spessartite with Grossularite and/or Pyrope-Spessartite with Almandine|
RI = 1.74-1.788 SR
SG = 3.75-4.05
Dispersion = 0.024-0.028
Hardness = 7-7.5
Highly suitable for use in jewelry
100% Natural Garnet which is not normally treated in any way
see policy on Treatment Disclosure
Calibrated sizes up to 5mm
All standard cuts and free sizes
Tanzania (Umba Valley, Tunduru) and Kenya (Taita-Taveta)