About Tsavorite Garnet
The green species of garnet was discovered in 1967 by British geologist Cambell R. Bridges in the bush along the frontier between Kenya and Tanzania, where he found potato-shaped stones containing beautiful green crystals. Tsavorite (or tsavolite) garnet is named after its occurrence near the famous Tsavo National Park in Kenya. Tsavorite is only found in these two countries, though the most important deposits are the ones in Kenya.
The colors of tsavorite garnet range from pale green to deep forest green and sometimes can rival high quality emeralds. With a hardness of 6.5-7.5 on theMohs scale tsavorite garnet causes no problems at cutting, setting and wearing. It is well suited for “invisible settings”, where stones are set closely joined. Due to its high brilliance, tsavorite garnet gets mostly a facet cut. Large specimens are rare. It’s a wonderful stone for small, discreet rings or any other piece of fine jewelry.
Tsavorite’s wonderful colors have an invigorating and refreshing effect on the eyes. Its bright and vivid green, excellent wearability and high brilliance at reasonable prices make it an excellent value.
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