This gorgeous little malaia garnet displays a gorgeous pinkish-orange color. It also shows a very nice color change from a reddish brown to a rich red depending on the lighting. The primary photo was taken under daylight-balanced fluorescent lighting, where the color is almost a cinnamon red-brown. In shaded daylight the garnet shows a mix of reddish-pink and pink, while under incandescent light its a mix of red and peach-orange. The garnet has some natural inclusions of very fine rutile needles, which is typical for this type of garnet. None are easily visible in the hand and take close inspection to see. In fact, it’s the fine haze of tiny internal rutile needles that give it a beautiful glow. At just the right angle, you can see tiny sparkles of light from them, and under a loupe they are beautiful little spikes of purple-red and silver.
I faceted this garnet into a custom triangle design created by the late Jeff Graham. The resulting gemstone is very bright and flashy in the hand. The gem weighs 1.80 carats, and measures 7.87 mm corner to corner and is 5.51 mm deep.