Not to be confused with Malaia Garnet, Mali Garnet is a rare crossbreed of Andradite and Grossular Garnet. It is an even more recent discovery than Malaia Garnet and was first discovered in December 1994 in Mali (still the only known source).
Some in the gem world thought it should be named Grandite, taking the “gr” from Grossular and the “andite” from Andradite, but, let’s face it that’s not a pretty name at all for this gem!
Whilst other members of the Grossular family are typically colourless, white, yellow, violet, red or orange, Mali Garnet’s appearance is a very striking light, greenish yellow colour and features wonderful dispersion and lots of brilliance.
Mali Garnet has rapidly become a favourite amongst gem collectors and prices of over $500 per carat are not uncommon.