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Tsavorite Garnet

Tsavorite Garnet

Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2016 at 3:17 pm by Preston


18kt yellow and white gold 1.87ct Tsavorite Garnet 0.34twt diamond ring[/caption] This is a beautiful gemstone that is not all that well-known in the world, and most certainly not known here in San Luis Obispo's North County.  Tsavorite Garnet has a color similar to that of emerald, is much more rare, and is harder (less susceptible to breaking).  Even given all that, it many times does not command the high prices that Emerald will command.  Though garnet comes in many colors, Tsavorite is the dark forest green variety. In 1974, Tiffany’s gave it its name, after the Tsavo National Park in Kenya, where it was first mined.  Though it also comes from Madagascar, this gemstone is incredibly rare in the world, only coming from a small geographical area in East Africa.  It was discovered by Campbell Bridges, a Scottish miner who later became a statistic: He was killed by a mob of competing miners in 2009.  This demonstrates the danger involved in mining gemstones and even dealing in the country of origin.  Our very own Roger Dery goes multiple times to Africa, mainly Kenya and Tanzania, to procure rough and cut gemstones from the country of origin.  He is met with multiple local perils, and thus travels with a Maasai body guard for the majority of his voyage. Tsavorite's rare green beauty is difficult to find, and its rarity is what adds to its value.  Every year, we host Roger Dery, who brings his collection of custom-cut gemstones to our Atascadero store, directly from the mine!  Find out how you can be part of supporting the local communities of miners that produce these gemstones. Here are a few facts about Tsavorite Garnet: Group: Garnet Species: Grossular Variety: Tsavorite [caption id="attachment_325" align="alignright" width="300"]Tsav Loose Stone Loose 3.89ct square cushion cut Tsavorite Garnet. Origin - Kenya. GIA# 6167943898. Completely Natural - Not Enhanced. Style: 270-00052[/caption] Hardness Mohs Scale : 7.5 (moderate) Toughness: Good (better than emerald) Refractive Index : 1.74 (This is a high RI, which makes it sparkle so much!) Approx. 85% of all tsavorite mined is under one carat.  This makes the gemstone incredibly rare, especially at larger sizes! Discovered in Tanzania.  However, no permit was ever granted by Tanzanian government.  Thus, it is mined in Kenya and Madagascar. First mined in Kenya 1971