Garnets are gemstones that create a subspecies of minerals having similar structure but differing in chemical composition. To valuable specimens of garnets are garnets Malaya, occupying an intermediate position between pyropes and spessartine. These crystals differ pinkish-orange, reddish-orange or yellowish-orange color. The most valuable specimens of bright pink-orange color, reminiscent of the unique Padparadscha sapphires. Quality sample weight of over 5 carats is very rare find.
Sometimes Malaya, agree in coloration with a number of popular representatives of garnet group, but have differences in the field of Gemological characteristics. Malaya combine properties of spessartine and pyrope. At the same time, they are characterized by a color palette and a number of Gemological parameters, coinciding with the grossular, rhodolite and pyrope. Identification of garnets Malaya is carried out using several chemical analyses.
Often minerals have the effect of changing colors. Individual grenades of Malaya and change the hue when the light source change from solar to electric. This fact is usually attributed to the presence of impurities of chromium and vanadium.
The main production garnet Malaya for the jewelry market are Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar. Specimens of large size are rare. The bulk of the crystals is characterized by small dimensions with a weight of no more than 1 - 1.5 carats. Malaya appeared in the jewellery market relatively recently and a little familiar to connoisseurs of coloured stones. However, over time their popularity increases. Because these minerals attract the attention of its beautiful color and valuable properties.
Difficult to find on the shelves of shops of any kinds of jewelry with these wonderful grenades. Can only be ordered from private jewelers. Lovers of jewelry usually order different models of rings, earrings or pendants with garnets, set in white or yellow gold. However, to collect grenades Malaya for set - an extremely difficult task.