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Malaya Garnet

The name 'Malaya' translates to prostitute in Swahili, East Africa's primary language. When it was first discvered with Rhodolite Garnets in the Umba Valley, Tanzania, dealers would throw them out of parcels, as they were a very different color and thus out of the 'family' or of 'ill-repute'! How the world changes - we bet those dealers regret every stone they threw out!! Today, Malaya Garnets are a collector's favorite, and difficult to obtain in larger sizes above 3cts.

the fine peach-orange garnet from east africa
colors available   peach-orange
pink-orange
salmon-pink
orange
red-orange
family/species:   garnet, pyrope-spessartite with grossularite and/or pyrope-spessartite with almandine
properties:   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
treatments:   none
important information   100% natural garnet which has no known treatments or enhancements (see policy on Treatment Disclosure)
rare - especially in sizes above 2cts - only a few stones found every month
birthstone:  

january

anniversary:  

2nd

cuts:   calibrated up to 5mm
all standard cuts and free sizes
rough:   generally available in clean material to cut sizes 3mm and under; bigger pieces occasionally available - please Contact Us for current stock
mining:   found in tanzania (umba valley, tunduru, mahenge) and kenya (taita-taveta)

Photo Gallery: Selected Malaya Garnets

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