Malaya (Malaia) and Color Change Garnet

Malaia garnet or Malaya garnet is a gemological varietal name for light to dark pinkish orange, reddish orange, or yellowish orange garnet, that are a mixture of pyrope and spessartite. It is found in east Africa, in the Umba Valley bordering Tanzania and Kenya. Malaia was at first believed to be a type of spessartite garnet. During the 1970's rough malaia garnets were being mixed with parcels of Rhodolite garnet being offered for sale. These odd color stones were rejected, and the name given to this type of garnet was Malaia, which is a Swahili word meaning outcast. It came into usage for a number of garnets that did not fit into any of the standard categories. Most imperial malaia garnets have microscopic needle-like inclusions that do not detract from the overall beauty of this material. Some of them exhibit a color-shift effect from flourescent to incandescent light.
Color change garnets are mostly pyrope and spessartite in composition. Except for the color change, they are identical in properties to the Malaia variety. Their primary source is Africa.

NOTE: Stones on this page were photographed under 5000 Kelvin "daylight" lighting.
For maximum color accuracy, descriptions were made in north-facing natural daylight,
indoors, between 11am-2pm, at 32.89°N latitude.

COLOR: Wherever possible, a similar Pantone Color Card number has been used, NOT the Pantone colors online,
which necessarily use RGB approximations, are grayer, and not at all the same.
Since color is so subjective to lighting conditions, and light is in turn subjective to location,
descriptions and pictures are intended to give a general idea of actual color.
To know what these stones really look like, there is no substitute for seeing them in person.

 

Malaia Imperial garnet oval
Malaya Imperial Garnet Color ChangeMalaia Imperial Garnet Color Shift
Malaia Imperial Color Shift Garnet Oval "Portuguese" Style Cut
Weight: 7.08cts
Measurements: 12x10.3mm, depth 7.3mm
Clarity: VVS
Origin: Tanzania
Enhancements: None
Price: $ 1385.00 Sale Pending
Order/Stock No.: malaia garnet-215
Description: Big and beautiful oval Malaia garnet. Color varies by light conditions, from pink-brown to root beer to copper penny. Color of these three reminds me of a Dr. Pepper can!. Well cut, eye clean. (Cut by Andrew Gulij) Closest Pantone Coated Color Card: In daylight, 696C
 Imperial Malaya garnet round
Malaya Imperial Garnet Color ChangeMalaia Imperial Garnet Color Shift
Malaia Imperial Color Shift Garnet Modified "Portuguese" Style Cut Round
Weight: 2.70cts
Measurements: 9mm, depth 5.2mm
Clarity: VVS
Origin: Tanzania
Enhancements: None
Price: $ 395.00 SOLD
Order/Stock No.: malaia garnet-217
Description: Color shifting imperial garnet, copper/root beer/ burgundy-mauve. Excellent cut and clarity. Unusual! (Cut by Andrew Gulij) Closest Pantone Coated Color Card: In daylight, 695/696C
Imperial garnet round
Malaya Imperial Garnet Color ChangeMalaia Imperial Garnet Color Shift
Malaia Imperial Color Shift Garnet Round "Portuguese" Style Cut
Weight: 5.30cts
Measurements: 10.2mm, depth 6.4mm
Clarity: VVS
Origin: Tanzania
Enhancements: None
Price: $ 995.00
Order/Stock No.: malaia garnet-216
Description: Big and beautiful round Malaia Imperial garnet.Mauve-burgundy, to root beer, to copper color! Eye clean and beautifully cut. (Cut by Andrew Gulij)
Closest Pantone Coated Color Card: In Daylight, 696C

 

malaya garnet
Malaia Garnet Pear
Weight: 2.02 cts
Measurements: 9.2x6.8mm, depth 5mm
Clarity: VVS
Origin: Madagascar
Enhancements: None
Price: $ 245.00
Order/Stock No.: malaia garnet-205
Description: Incredible color, wine, mauve, and orange flashes. Excellent clarity and cut. Pantone 687C-7434C and 7416C (in daylight)
orange garnet
Malaya Garnet- Pear
Weight: 1.25 cts
Measurements: 7.5x5.8 mm
Clarity: VVS-VS
Origin: Tanzania
Enhancements: N
Price: $ 125.00
Order/Stock No.: malaya garnet-204
Description: Bright and brilliant pear shape with great, deep orange color. Well cut.


orange malaya garnet
Orange-Red Malaya Garnet- Pear
Weight: 1.55 cts
Measurements: 7.9x5.7 mm
Clarity: VVS-VS
Origin: Tanzania
Enhancements: N
Price: $ 155.00
Order/Stock No.: malaya garnet-202
Description: Lovely deep reddish orange garnet. Well cut.

 

color change garnet cushion
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Color Change Garnet Cushion
Weight: .83 cts
Measurements: 6x4.7 mm
Clarity: VVS-VS
Origin: Kenya
Enhancements: None
Price: $ 130.00 SOLD
Order/Stock No.: c-c-garnet-104
Description: Bright and brilliant with excellent cutting.
(Cut by Andrew Gulij)
color change garnet square cushion
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Color Change Garnet Cushion
Weight: 1.39 cts
Measurements: 6.3x6 mm
Clarity: VVS
Origin: Tanzania
Enhancements: None
Price: $ 1250.00
Order/Stock No.: c-c-garnet-106
Description: Nice chunky size, excellent cut and clarity, Fantastic color change.
(Cut by Andrew Gulij)
color change garnet oval
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Color Change Garnet Oval
Weight: 1.39 cts
Measurements: 7.7x6 mm
Clarity: VVS
Origin: Tanzania
Enhancements: None
Price: $ 1250.00
Order/Stock No.: c-c-garnet-105
Description: Nice size, clean and brilliant with lots of flash.
(Cut by Andrew Gulij)

 

 


The gemstone images presented above are not to scale. Please refer to the measurements for exact dimensions. Our goal is to show our gems as close to reality as possible but due to factors beyond our control, like computer monitor differences, actual colors may vary from what you see. We assure you that our gemstones look best in person. Gemstones pictured and described here are only a sample of our large selection and are in stock and ready for shipment.