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Malaia Garnet Gemstones


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Garnets are a varied group of gemstones that share similar properties. The traditional varieties are dark red, however a large variety of other colors have recently become available. The typical deep red garnets are a very common and inexpensive gem, however the rarer varieties like green garnet (Tsavorite) can be as valuable as precious stones like emerald. The groups are separated by their different chemical compositions: Almandine – Dark Purplish Red Pyrope – Dark Red Spessartite – Orange Grossular – Green or Yellow Andradite – Green or Brown Curiously, the above groups of garnets often intergrade and form new varieties. A mixture of pyrope and almandine forms a pinkish red garnet called rhodolite. A mixture of spessartite and pyrope is called malaya (or malaia) garnet. A mixture of andradite and grossular garnet is called Mali garnet. These “hybrid” garnets often come in unusual colors which makes them great for someone looking for something unique. Malaia (sometimes spelled Malaya) garnet is a hybrid garnet that occurs in a wide variety of colors. It is most often reddish-orange or pinkish orange. It can also rarely be found in light brown, peach, light pink and champagne. It is sometimes known as imperial garnet, though this typically only refers to the lighter toned stones. Malaia is one of the more valuable types of garnet. A variety of fancy garnet recently discovered in Mozambique is purple garnet. This is a type of rhodolite that has a strong purple color. These stones often have a color change from reddish cranberry to grape purple in different light sources. Due to its popularity, prices for this gem have risen sharply and continue to rise due to very limited production. Another rare garnet recently to emerge from East Africa is yellow grossular garnet. This is from the same group of garnets as tsavorite. These stones have fantastic luster and brilliance. They vary from pastel yellow to rich golden yellow. All garnets have a hardness of 6.5-7.5 which makes them suitable for all types of jewelry. They also have a high refractive index, which gives them a lot of sparkle. This is particularly noticeable in light to medium-toned stones, which are usually more valuable than dark stones. Garnet is the traditional birthstone for January.
Ref No: FGR0005
Weight: 1.10ct
Price: USD 110.00
Size: 7.0 x 5.2 x 3.9

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Ref No: FGR0006
Weight: 1.08ct
Price: USD 152.00
Size: 7.1 x 5.1 x 4.0

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Ref No: FGR0007
Weight: 1.12ct
Price: USD 134.00
Size: 7.1 x 5.2 x 3.9

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Ref No: FGR0008
Weight: 1.43ct
Price: USD 171.00
Size: 8.9 x 5.8 x 4.1

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Ref No: FGR0009
Weight: 1.68ct
Price: USD 252.00
Size: 8.1 x 6.2 x 4.4

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Ref No: FGR0010
Weight: 1.67ct
Price: USD 200.00
Size: 11.7 x 5.1 x 3.9

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Ref No: FGR0011
Weight: 1.70ct
Price: USD 306.00
Size: 9.6 x 5.4 x 3.7

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