Malaia Garnet (Malaya Garnet)

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4.26 carats

A variety of garnet with mixed composition, can be 0-83% pyrope, 2-78% almandine, 2-94% spessartite, 0-24% grossular with no more than 4% andradite (Wise 2005).

From the Umba valley in Tanzania, near the border with Kenya, compare with umbalite which in general is used as a name for the pink-purple garnets from the same region.

Malaia Garnet Gemstones by Colour

This table shows the variety of hues this gemstone can be found in. Click on a photo for more information.

Malaia Garnet Gemstones by Size

This table shows distribution of Malaia Garnet gemstone sizes that are listed on this site. This can give a good indication as to the general availability of this gemstone in different sizes.
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Lightest:0.30 cts
Heaviest:5.25 cts
Average:3.70 cts
Total photos:22
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0.30ct to 0.80ct0.80ct to 1.29ct1.29ct to 1.79ct1.79ct to 2.28ct2.28ct to 2.78ct2.78ct to 3.27ct3.27ct to 3.77ct3.77ct to 4.26ct4.26ct to 4.76ct4.76ct to 5.25ct
General Information
A variety or type of:Garnet Group
Other Names/Trade Names:
Colour (General)Yellowish-brown, brownish pink through a cinnamon to a crisp honey brown and reddish brown to a brick or brown-orange. In the very finest stones there is a complete absence of the brownish hue.
R.Wise, Luck Be A Lady Tonight – The Discovery of Malaya Garnet (2005)
Geological Environment
Where found:From alluvial deposits, country rock is biotite, quartz and feldspar gneiss.
R.Wise, Luck Be A Lady Tonight – The Discovery of Malaya Garnet (2005)
Further Information
Mineral information:Malaia Garnet information at
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