Mali Garnet Value, Price, and Jewelry Information


Mali Garnet - Kayes, Mali
“Andradite-Grossular Series” (Mali Garnet), Nioro du Sahel Circle, Kayes Region, Mali. © Rob Lavinsky, www.iRocks.com. Used with permission.

One of the rarer varieties in the garnet group, Mali garnet is a blend of grossular and andradite. Discovered in 1994 in Mali (still its only known source), this gemstone has great brilliance and a high dispersion. Its colors range from almost tsavorite green to yellow-green, yellow, gold, and brown.

Mali Garnet Value

Without question, the high-value range for Mali garnets is reserved for the extremely rare chrome-green color. In general, yellow, green, and green-yellow stones command higher prices than brownish stones. As with any gem, carat (size), clarity, and cut affect the value dramatically, with dispersion being a special value factor for Mali garnets.

A great deal of material was produced in the year following its discovery. The popularity of this pretty stone soared, and prices were initially very high. However, prices soon dropped. In recent years, far smaller amounts have been produced, which has resulted in an increase in price. Since large-size rough is rare in this variety, price per carat increases dramatically with size.

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Garnet Value via Gem Price Guide
Top Color: oR, R, PR, rP 6/4
Almandine All sizes
to /ct
Fine Color Andradite: G 5/4
Andradite All sizes
to /ct
Chrome Pyrope All sizes
to /ct
Color Change .5 to 1 carat 1 to 6 carats
Africa to /ct to /ct
US to /ct to /ct
Demantoid to 1 carat 1 to 3 carats
to /ct to ,000/ct
Grossular Garnet .5 to 1 carat 1 to 5 carats 5 carats plus
Mint Green (Merelani) to /ct to /ct to /ct
Yellow/Orange to /ct to /ct to /ct
Yellow/Green to /ct to /ct to /ct
Other colors /ct /ct to /ct
Fine Color Hessonite: yO 4/5
Hessonite Garnet All sizes
to /ct
Malaya Garnet .5 to 1 carat 1 to 5 carats 5 carats plus
to /ct to /ct to /ct
Mozambique All sizes
to /ct
Mali Garnet All sizes
to /ct
Fine Color Spessartite: O 4/5
Mandarin Orange All sizes
to /ct
Fine Color Pyrope: R 6/5
Pyrope 1 carat plus
/ct
Fine Color Rhodolite: rP, PR 6/5
Rhodolite .5 to 1 carat 1 to 10 carats 10 carats plus
Faceted to /ct to /ct to /ct
Cabochons to /ct to /ct to /ct
Spessartite Reds See Mandarin above .5 to 3 carats 3 to 6 carats
Little 3 Mine to /ct to /ct
African to /ct to /ct
Darker reds to /ct
Star Garnet All sizes
6 ray star to /ct
4 ray star to /ct
Fine Color Tsavorite: G 6/5
Tsavorite .5 to 1 carat 1 to 2 carats 2 carats plus
Faceted to /ct to /ct to ,000/ct
Uvarovite 10 carats plus
Druzy to /ct
Cabochons All Sizes
Common red to purple to /ct

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Mali Garnet Information

DataValue
NameMali Garnet
Is a Variety ofAndradite-Grossular
Crystallography Cubic
Refractive Index 1.760 - 1.780
Colors Green, yellow-green, yellow, gold, and brown.
Hardness 7
Specific Gravity 3.49 - 3.85
Cleavage None
Dispersion .028 - .057
Heat SensitivityNo
Wearability Very Good
Enhancements None known
Special Care InstructionsNone
Birthstone January (Garnet)
FormulaCa3Fe23+(SiO4)3 to Ca3Al2(SiO4)(Calcium, iron/aluminum silicate, varies with composition)
EtymologyAfter the African nation of Mali, the only known source of this gemstone.
OccurrenceAlluvial deposits
Mali Garnet - Yellow Faceted Stone
“1.41-ct Yellow Garnet,” Mali. © All That Glitters. Used with permission.

Comments

The Mali garnet has an exceptional family tree. Gemological study has proven that this gem’s composition is intermediate between grossular (calcium aluminum silicate) and andradite (calcium iron silicate). This blend is sometimes called “grandite.” Mali garnets are predominantly grossular, but the variable admixture of andradite changes its characteristics in at least one important way. This hybrid seems to favor its grossular parent in terms of refractive index (1.77 in most specimens) and hardness. However, its superb dispersion comes from its andradite heritage.

Most Mali garnet rough is mined from alluvial deposits and shows the rounded, water-worn shape typical of that source. Faceted stones with a light body color will show off their brilliance spectacularly. No special precautions are necessary when setting or wearing these gems. They are suitable for all jewelry uses.

Note: Mali garnets and Malaia or Malaya garnets are distinct varieties of garnet.

Enhancements

No enhancements or synthetics for this gemstone are known on the market.

Mali Garnet - Variety
Mali Garnet Varieties. Photo courtesy of Barbara Smigel, Artistic Colored Stones.

Sources

The Kayes region of Mali is the only known source of this gemstone.

Care

In general, garnets are best cleaned with warm water, detergent, and a soft brush. However, unlike some of their brethren, Mali garnet is not heat sensitive. Consult our Gemstone Care Guide and Gemstone Jewelry Cleaning Guide for more information.

Mali Garnet - Pendant
“Mali Garnet Pendant.” © Dan Stair Custom Gemstones. Used with permission.