Here’s a beautiful color-changing malaia garnet cut in my own set of modifications to an old design. This photo was taken in shaded daylight where the garnet shows a mix of reddish-pink and pink. Under daylight-balanced fluorescent lighting the color changes to a warm cinnamon hue, while under incandescent light its a deep red. The garnet has some natural inclusions–two areas of bubbles, at least one included crystal of some other mineral, and cluster of very fine rutile needles at one end. None are easily visible in the hand and take close inspection to see. In fact, like most of these garnets, there’s a 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.
The gem measures 12.2 x 8.9 mm and weighs 6.95 carats–large for a garnet like this. This is a rare collector’s stone and would a very unique addition to any gemstone collection–or make a beautiful piece of jewelry.