|In early 2016 purple garnets from East Africa started to appear. The source was Manica Province in central Mozambique. The deposit is located about 60 km northeast of Chimoio, near Gorongosa National Park. The area is under the control of the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO), an armed rebel group.|
|What's special about these garnets is the color - an intense purple with red flashes that is called Royal Purple. The Mozambique material has strong color with extreme brilliance.|
The garnets also display a color change, from grape under daylight to cranberry with magenta flashes under incandescent lighting.