NATURAL GREEN RADIANT TSAVORITE
MOHS SCALE 7-7.5
MINED IN KENYA
The weight is for the parcel. These are small stones ideal
to enhance a main stone.Its hard to calibrate this size so there will be a small variation in them.
Tsavorite or tsavolite is a variety of the garnet group
species grossular, a calcium aluminium
garnet .Trace amounts of vanadium or chromium provide the
natural green radiant color.
Green grossular had been rare until 1967, when British gem prospector and
geologist Campbell R. Bridges came
across a deposit of the mineral in the mountains of north-east Tanzania. The specimens he found were of very
intense color and of high transparency.
Unlike many other gemstones, the tsavorite is neither burnt nor oiled. This
gemstone is not in need of any such
treatment. Like all the other garnets it is simply a piece of pure, unadulterated Nature. Another positive
characteristic is its robustness. It has
almost the same hardness as the (considerably more expensive) emerald, - approximately 7.5 on
the Mohs scale - but it is markedly less
sensitive. That is an important feature not only when it comes to the stone’s being set but also in
its being worn. A tsavorite is not so
likely to crack or splinter as a result of an incautious movement. It is well suited to the popular
‘invisible setting’, in which the stones
are set close by one another, a technique which ought not to be used with the more sensitive emerald.
Thanks to its great brilliance, the
tsavorite is, in this respect, a partner to match the classics: diamond, ruby and sapphire.