Mali Garnet

Mali garnet was discovered in Mali, West Africa, in 1994. It is quite unique in colour, varying from yellow green to yellow brown. Mali garnets have a very high brilliance, making even boring brown colours very beautiful. Ethnic jewellery has seen a rise in popularity and the colours of Mali garnet fit beautifully with these types of settings. There are different cuts in the Mali garnet, the main ones being:
• Pear • Square • Trillion • Round • Cabochon • Emerald • Oval • Heart shaped • Cushion
Mali garnet prices can vary a lot, with the value of Mali garnet depending on the size and quality of the stone itself. When the stone was first discovered, prices were very high. However, because so many were mined initially, prices quickly dropped. Now though, fewer and fewer stones are found, which has once again increased the price of Mali garnet. This means that those who purchased the stone when it was still cheap are now sitting on a potential gold mine.

Why Buy Loose Mali Garnet?

It is always a good idea to buy loose Mali garnet, or any other gemstone. Buying them loose means you can fully inspect all sides of the stone and check for impurities and imperfections that are otherwise hidden by the fittings of the jewellery that they have been set in. Furthermore, it is often much better value to buy Mali garnet as a loose gemstone. You will be able to create a unique piece of jewellery, as you can choose the material it will be set in, as well as the design of the setting.

Mali Garnet Myths and Legends

Mali garnet does not have its own myths and legends – yet. However, the garnet gemstone in general is shrouded in mystery and legends throughout history. In medieval times, for example, it was believed that garnet could cure depression and liver diseases, stop bad dreams from occurring and cure haemorrhages.
Garnet is also very common religious texts, with the Jewish faith believing that one of the gems in Aaron’s breastplate was a garnet. In Christianity, the blood-red garnet represents the sacrifice of Christ and in Islam it is believed that the garnet represents the fourth heaven.
In ancient Greece, it was believed that the stone stopped children from drowning as well as being a cure for poisoning. Furthermore, the great philosopher Plato had his portrait engraved on a piece of garnet by an engraver from Rome. A necklace found in the grave of a young man dating back to 3,000 BC proves how hard and durable the stone really is.

Mali Garnet Sources

Mali garnet is, of course, only found in Mali, West Africa. This specific type of gemstone has not been found anywhere in the world else yet, making it quite rare. When the mines were first opened, a huge amount of Mali garnet was mined and the stone was incredibly popular. However, because of the amount that has been mined, the amount of new stones has decreased tremendously.