If so, it's a type of grossular garnet - it's not as hard or sparkly as some garnets (it's a 7 on the Moh, and it's RI is 1.73 to 1.76)
I really like them and have quite a few - they have a very distinctive 'water in whiskey' or treacle look inside them.
They're not as sparkly as a spessartite (RI 1.79 to 1.81) and do tend towards the brown - you don't get them in that fanta orange look.
ETA: The colour is pretty much what I would expect from a hess - they're also known as cinnamon stones. You can get them in paler almost peachy shades and in shades that are much more red. I haven't seen any that are much more orange than that with the same depth of colour.
Yes, it is sort of cinnamon! I am ok with a bit of a brown tone to it, but I think it really must be more orange than brown. Here is what Gene says about it
Gem 842 - Malaya Garnet - 1.52 ct. This Malaya from Tanzania is a more on the orange side. I would think it contains more spessartite, as Malaya is a mix of spessartite pyrope garnet. The stone measures 7 mm, and is cut in a new design I came up with for garnets. Color 4, Clarity 4-
He also says
Malaya’s come in a wide range of colors, as they are a mixture of spessartite and pyrope garnet. Most garnets are a mix, which presents a challenge with naming them, and that’s where all the different trade names have come from. There is an interesting book called “Naming Gem Garnets” by Bill Hanneman Ph.D. It’s really a must read for any collector of garnets.
Do you think I should hold off for a more peachy one?
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