The first deposit was discovered in Tanzania by Scottish gemmologist Campbell R Bridges, who traced the gem to the Tsavo National Park in Kenya, from where its name is derived.
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Sources of the gem are becoming depleted in Kenya, with some stating that during the last decade, yields are down by 80%. However, there is some good news for the many fans of this gemstone: a new deposit was discovered in Madagascar in 1991.
Tsavorite is considered amongst the most desirable of all Garnets and until its discovery in the 1968, no gemstone except Emerald could offer such a beautiful green colour.