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Tsavorite Gemstone

Tsavorite has a beautiful, vivid green colour  and is a bright, lively gem with a high refractive  index. It belongs to the Grossular group within the Garnet family and has to be seen to truly appreciate how radiant it is.

Tsavorite  is considered  amongst  the  most  desirable of all Garnets and until its discovery in the 1968, no other gemstone except Emerald could offer such a rich green colour.

The first deposit was discovered in Tanzania by Scottish gemmologist Campbell R Bridges, who later traced the gem to the Tsavo National Park in  Kenya, from where its name is derived.

Just as they had done with Tanzanite, in 1974 the famous jewellery company Tiffany & Co. started  heavily promoting the gemstone in the USA. In  fact, it was the company’s president Henry Platt, who (together with Campbell R Bridges) decided to give this green Grossularite its own name. 

Tsavorite is said to comfort and warm the heart  and also stimulates the immune system. It has  also been said that Tsavorite can be used as a  gentle  pain  reliever  and  can  sometimes  treat  problems with eyesight. 

Sources  of  the  gem  are  becoming  rapidly  depleted  in  Kenya,  with  some  reports  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, and although  small  in  terms  of  the  carat  weight  found,  the  quality of Tsavorite from this mine is equally as  impressive as that from Kenya.

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A vivdly green Tsavorite Garnet ring