Malaya garnet

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Pink Mahenge Malaya or Malaia garnet meaning and price.

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Malaya garnet meaning

Malaia garnet or Malaya garnet is a gemological varietal name for light to dark slightly pinkish orange, reddish orange, or yellowish orange garnet, that are of a mixture within the pyralspite series pyrope, almandine, and spessartine with a little calcium.

The name Malaia is translated from Swahili to mean, “one without a family”. It is found in east Africa, in the Umba Valley bordering Tanzania and Kenya.

Malaya garnet properties

Garnet species are found in many colors including red, orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, blue, black, pink, and colorless, with reddish shades most common.

A sample showing the deep red color garnet can exhibit.

Garnet species’ light transmission properties can range from the gemstone-quality transparent specimens to the opaque varieties used for industrial purposes as abrasives. The mineral’s luster is categorized as vitreous (glass-like) or resinous (amber-like).

Crystal structure

Malaia or Malaya garnet are nesosilicates having the general formula X3Y2(Si O4)3. The X site is usually occupied by divalent cations (Ca, Mg, Fe, Mn)2+ and the Y site by trivalent cations (Al, Fe, Cr)3+ in an octahedral/tetrahedral framework with [SiO4]4− occupying the tetrahedra.

Garnets are most often found in the dodecahedral crystal habit, but are also commonly found in the trapezohedron habit. The word “trapezohedron” as used here and in most mineral texts refers to the shape called a Deltoidal icositetrahedron in solid geometry.

They crystallize in the cubic system, having three axes that are all of equal length and perpendicular to each other. Garnets do not show cleavage, so when they fracture under stress, sharp irregular pieces are formed (conchoidal).


Because the chemical composition of garnet varies, the atomic bonds in some species are stronger than in others. As a result, this mineral group shows a range of hardness on the Mohs scale of about 6.5 to 7.5. The harder species like almandine are often used for abrasive purposes.

Malaya garnet meaning and healing properties benefits

The following section is pseudo scientific and based on cultural beliefs.

Malaya garnet has the meaning and properties to regain the lost energy. It is a gemstone which symbolizes “regeneration” and “resurrection”. It gives the power to get over the painful past. It will strongly progress you toward a new future.

Malaia garnet, from Kenya

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