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Untreated (Malaya) 'Pad' Garnet 0.69 (PADG069)

small brilliant untreated padparadscha garnet from Sri Lanka
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0.69 Carat
Rich Orange-Pink
Medium Dark 60
Very Lightly Included




- Identification: Natural Unheated & Untreated Spessartite-Pyrope Garnet

- Carat: 0.69

- Shape: Round

- Measures: 5.18-5.32x3.29 (millimeter)

- Color Grade: Excellent

- Tone: MD60

- Color Zoning: None

- Clarity: Very Lightly Included

- Cutting Grade: Very Good

o       Brilliancy: 90%

o       Depth: 64%

- Origin: Sri Lanka (see comment)

- Treatment: None


Certificate No: IGI 329861892

Overall Grade: Very Good+

Comment: This color and garnet combination, in short 'pyrope-spessartite', sparing you the exact chemical long-form, has become famous as "Malaya Garnet", discovered during the 70ies in Tanzania. But, as so often, nature prefers to break rules and says 'Gotcha!' to us humans struggling for order and predictability. Because this spessartite-malaya garnet was found in Sri Lanka about 20 years ago. Despite the slightly darker tone it was locally (mine-side in rough) hoped to be a padparadscha, a pink-orange sapphire. And in case you wonder, miners are no gemologists, not at all. Nevertheless, twenty years later, here it is, a beautiful sparkly 5mm round deep orange-pink durable gem for a fraction of a padparadscha price-tag, but equal to fine Malaya garnet and with our "3-Nos" quality-rule: no window, no visible inclusions, no treatments. Local hand-cut but with nothing to gripe about. Tone-wise it is a tiny tat darker than a classic pad, yet it would still qualify as padparadscha in most labs. If you always wanted a padparadscha from Ceylon, but funds were too tight, here is a charming alternative in garnet shape. Rescues rainforest, fights for animal rights, and comes home to you free of charge with all goodies and paperwork to secure value for eternity.


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