The tsavorite garnet is a mineral of the great family of garnets, more particularly that of the grossular garnets.
As with spessartite garnet, tsavorite garnet takes its name from its place of discovery: Tsavo, which is a national park in Kenya.
Tsavorites are found exclusively in Africa, the main deposit is in Kenya, in the Tsavo Park, but it is also possible to find them in Tanzania and Madagascar.
The green of tsavorite garnet is very distinctive, it can vary from yellowish green to deep green, almost bluish but the most beautiful specimens, the most sought after, are those of a frank, and saturated green.
The type of this garnet is grossular, it is rich in vanadium and chromium which are responsible for its beautiful color.
The Mohs scale, which ranks stones out of 10 according to their strength, rates garnet 7.5 which makes it a very strong stone.
The garnets, of all varieties, do not react to treatments, and are therefore in no way sublimated or reinforced, the colors are 100% natural.
In the same way as spessartite, rhodolite or demantoid garnet, tsavorite garnet can be given to celebrate people born in January, and the 20th wedding anniversary.
Famous Tsavorite Garnets
Schlumberg, a great jeweler at Tiffany & Co. made one of the most famous creations of the house, a brooch in the shape of a seahorse encrusted with tsavorites! The largest and clearest tsavorite weighs 325.13 carats and was exhibited in 2007 at the Tucson Gem Show.
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