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December 31, 2011, 08:11:55 AM
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This stunning gemstone is guaranteed to thrill you or I will refund your purchase price and shipping fee.  Malaia garnet is very rare and comes from Tanzania's Umba River Valley, where for decades it was discarded as an undesirable stone because rough stone buyers wanted rhodolite garnet instead.  As garnets became more popular among collectors and knowledge of the classification system grew, the demand for this stunning gemstone outstripped supply by a very wide margin. 

In his book "Naming Gem Garnets" Dr. William Hanneman describes how you can classify garnets accurately using only one test.  If you are interested in a chart that appears in this book just send me an email at dave@tiptopgem.com and ask- I will send you the full-color file by return email. 



Beware of eBay sellers who are representing cheaper, off-color rhodolite garnet as "malaia".  If the physical properties of the stone are not the same as malaia it is NOT malaia garnet!  Any qualified gemologist has the knowledge and equipment to tell the difference, and many hobbyists are acquiring equipment like this as well.  As more people are able to identify rare gemstones like these there is an excellent chance that demand will increase.



This beautiful stone is a trillian shape and has superb cutting for a lot of brilliance.  It has a very slightly purplish-Pink hue that is stunning and would look fabulous as a piece of jewelry and would also be the centerpiece of any rare garnet collection.  Only the exceptionally rare tsavorite (green) garnet and demantoid (green) garnets sell for more money than malaia garnet.  When the malaia is of exceptional quality it will even exceed prices of typical demantoid and tsavorite garnets.



This gemstone is also a color-shift garnet.  A lot of people are confused by color-shift and color-change.  A color change gem will go from a cool hue to a warm hue.  A sapphire that goes from violet to purple in different lighting is a good example of a color-change gem.  Violet is cool (close to blue on the color wheel) while purple is warm (close to red on the color wheel).  A stone like this will be violet under natural sunlight but purple under incandescent (light bulb or mag light) light. 

A color shift gem like this malaia garnet does not move as far on the color wheel.  Both hues that it shows are warm hues- purple under incandescent light and pink under natural sunlight.  While not as desirable as color-change gemstones, color shift gems are very desirable particularly when the gemstone is very rare even in "normal" (non-shifting) color.  Malaia is a great example of this type of obscure, hard to obtain rarity.



If you have any questions about this rare and remarkable gemstone please do not hesitate to ask me.  I have been buying gemstones in Thailand for over 7 years and also am a Graduate Gemologist from GIA.  I would be happy to answer any questions that you might have.  Most of the time my wife and I live in Bangkok to be close to the stones (and to make custom jewelry) but we also live part-time in northwest Ohio, near Toledo.  The best way to reach me is to send a note to dave@tiptopgem.com.  If you are curious about us and what we do, please take a look at our blog for pictures of gemstones and jewelry that we have sold.  We only do custom jewelry- you are the designer!  We bring your dreams to life.  You can see more here: http://thegemvault.tiptopgem.com/




The bidding is 7 days long on this extremely rare malaia garnet from Tanzania and starts at 25 bitcoins.  There is no reserve- the winning bidder will own it.  An independent laboratory report is available for all of the stones that we sell at a very nominal additional cost.  Malaia garnet becomes quite valuable at the one-carat size, and over 1 1/2 carats it is extremely rare and desirable.  When you add the color-shift property of this stone it becomes even more unusual and difficult to replace.  Only very rarely do gemstones like this come available, even in large colored gemstone wholesale centers like Bangkok.

My wife and I search diligently and choose gemstones very carefully.  All gemstones are fully tested and guaranteed to be natural and correctly identified.  If you only learn one thing from reading this auction I hope that it is this:  For a gemstone to be valuable, it has to be beautiful.  All over eBay you will see ugly garnets, ugly sapphires, and ugly collectible stones like rare garnets.  But rarity in and of itself does not make a gemstone desirable.  Rarity and beauty combined make a gemstone valuable.  Because my clients understand this, they have access to some of the most desirable and beautiful gemstones on the planet.



Remember Tip Top Gem gives you an unequivocal money back guarantee.  If you are not thrilled with this stone just return it for a full refund.  We even refund your shipping charge!  You will love this stunning and rare malaia garnet.

~Dave
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December 31, 2011, 09:06:51 AM
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I am going to attach Dr. William Hanneman's garnet chart here.  If you have any questions about this, just ask me.  Garnet names in the bars show a range of numbers if you follow the beginning and ending of the bars to the bottom of the page.  For example, look at tsavorite.  If you see the beginning of the blue bar and follow it to the bottom of the chart you see that it hits just above 1.73.  The end of the blue tsavorite bar hits at about 1.76.  So if you have a tsavorite, it will have a reading above 1.73 and below 1.76 on a refractometer.



So, who cares?  LOL.  Well- gemologists like I do, and consumers like you do too.  We both want to accurately sell/buy gemstones.  And we don't want to study or buy or sell a stone for one type when it is actually another type!  So since it is in our best interest let's take a look at a refractometer.  That is the little gadget that gives you the numbers on Dr. Hanneman's chart.  And all those numbers really do is tell you how much a stone bends light.  That is ALL you need to know.  Some bend it more, some bend it less- and the numbers tell you that in detail.  The why is not relevant.  The how is not relevant. 

This is a refractometer:



When it is properly set up, and you look into the big magnifying glass on the front, you see a picture like this:



In order to get a picture like this- with a shade cutoff- you have to have a stone in place.  And let me tell you just how smart you are, dear reader.  You are smart enough to know that this stone that was on the refractometer when the pic of the scale was taken was NOT a garnet!  How do you know this?  Well, the picture indicates 1.60.  And if you look at the bottom of Dr. Hanneman's chart, you can see that garnets go from a low of about 1.71 to a high of about 1.89.  The stone in place that produced the 1.60 reading can't be a garnet!  Amazing, and amazingly simple and fun.

If you have any questions about gemology, or about how to get started learning more about gemstones please get in touch with me.  I am happy to share what I have learned while becoming a gemologist and a gem dealer here in Thailand.  Send me a note at
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January 01, 2012, 12:42:28 PM
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Don't let this beautiful and very rare stone slip away!  And if you have any questions you can reach me at dave@tiptopgem.com  Shipping is $10 for registered air mail delivery from Thailand.
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January 02, 2012, 04:02:56 AM
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If you would like to see a bit more of my inventory and learn a little more about Tip Top Gem, please visit this thread here on the bitcointalk forum:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=18573.0

You are also more than welcome to visit our blog here:

http://thegemvault.tiptopgem.com/

When you are on the blog above, you can also look in the right-hand column and click on "Newsletter signup" if you want to get updates on what is going on at Tip Top Gem and see exclusive gemstone offers, or to learn about gemstones and the science of gemology.  The newsletter comes out approximately 10 times per year and this is the only e-mail you will receive if you give your e-mail address.

And of course if you have any questions about stones you see here on bitcointalk, or any other kind of questions about gemstones or custom jewelry you can e-mail me directly:

dave@tiptopgem.com


I would love to hear from you!

~David Fortier, GG (GIA)
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January 02, 2012, 04:15:37 AM
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This auction ends January 7th 08:11:55 AM forum time
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January 03, 2012, 05:19:34 AM
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This malaia garnet trillian is 100% untreated.  No heat, no diffusion, no dyes, no surface treatments, no chemicals. 
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January 03, 2012, 12:58:48 PM
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I bid @ 25btc

Don't mix your coins someone said isn't legal
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January 04, 2012, 06:01:45 AM
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Thank you Kluge- you are in the lead with 25btc
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January 04, 2012, 11:40:50 AM
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I forgot to mention that the bid increment is 1 btc.  Do I hear 26btc?

Kluge is currently the winning bidder at 25btc.

If anyone has a question about this garnet just email me at dave@tiptopgem.com and I will answer ASAP.
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January 04, 2012, 02:27:25 PM
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This auction ends:

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January 05, 2012, 05:37:43 PM
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A very nice stone.

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January 05, 2012, 05:49:19 PM
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Thank you Turbor!  My wife Melanie and I really do hand-select every single stone we sell.  If it's ugly- we don't buy it!!!  In the colored gemstone trade you have mostly people who are interested in selling in high volume and low to average quality.  We are small enough that we can take the time to pick through the parcels of stones here to get the premium goods- and we enjoy doing it anyhow, so why not?
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January 07, 2012, 05:43:45 AM
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i bid 26 btc
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January 07, 2012, 06:04:52 AM
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Congratulations mameise you are in the lead!  Please note that if you want to save the $10 shipping fee you can just win another auction that has free shipping- then both stones will ship for free!
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January 07, 2012, 07:36:48 AM
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Less than one hour to go!
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January 07, 2012, 08:00:34 AM
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about ten minutes until this one closes...
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January 07, 2012, 08:06:21 AM
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I guess one has to get up very early in the morning to beat mameise!  Smiley
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January 07, 2012, 08:13:09 AM
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Mameise is the winner- congratulations.  This is a spectacular rarity and you will enjoy it for a very long time!
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