Tsavorite (also known as tsavolite) is a green garnet and belongs to the mineral class of silicates. It was given its name in New York by the company Tiffany in 1974 based on its presence in the Tsavo National Park in Kenya.
Tsavorite, Tanzania (6.05 ct)
Most important colors: from light to dark green
Most important deposits: Tanzania, Madagascar
Tsavorite possesses a deep green color, which is brought about by vanadium. Contrary to chromium, this is helpful for a gentle green color, which would show particularly well with large stones.
Unfortunately "large" tsavorites are primarily found in good quality in jewelry sizes; a 5 carat tsavorite stone is a rarity and highly desirable.
The most well-known deposits of tsavorite are in Kenya in the Taita Hills. There they are mined in graphite slate, which is actually a low-cost raw material, as well as near the Lualenyi Ranch near the City of Voi.
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