2mm - 4mm 8" Tsavorite Garnet AAA green gemstone beads from Kenya TSA

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Dimensions (mm) 3 x 3 x 3mm
Weight (carats) 1 carats


2mm - 4mm 8” Tsavorite Garnet AAA green gemstone beads from Kenya TSA001

AAA Grade Tsavorite Garnet faceted untreated gemstone beads from Kenya. Look at the deep richness of the green color - sensational. These are mined in the Tsavo National Park in Kenya - hence the name Tsavorite. It is a truly wonderful gemstone and we were so lucky to secure these at such a good price as the price is escalating all the time.

Think Old Bond Street of London, LA’s Rodeo Drive, New York’s Park Avenue - you will find this quality at all these locations.

Each bead is lovingly hand faceted by our team of lapidaries - they are awesome.

We selected the rough stone - I went through masses of rough trying to find the grade with a hint of blue. We stood over the cutters whilst they worked and we are delighted with the stunning outcome - we are sure you will be too!

The pure green of Tsavorite Garnet flatters most complexions. This color is so highly sort after. Combine them with 18 carat gold beads and other precious gemstones. If these are for re-sale they will make you a large profit!

Size of beads is graduated from 2 to 4 mms in the centre. Line length is 8 inches.

Tsavorite Garnet Gemstone Information

Tsavorite is a member of the Grossular Garnet group. All garnets belong to the Garnet group of minerals which is split in to two main groups. Tsavorite varies in color from yellow green to bluish green. Trace amounts of Vanadium & Chromium are the causes of the color, the higher amount of these trace elements leads to the better colored gemstones . The tremendous forces of Nature which created Tsavorite also damaged most of the crystals so badly at the time of their formation that today it is usually only grains or fragments which are found. For this reason only in rare individual cases are large raw crystal of over 5 carats found, so a cut Tsavorite of more than two carats is a rare and precious thing. But then that is one of the special features of this gemstone, it can display its great luminosity even in small sizes.

Garnet is the birthstone for January.

Tsavorite Garnet History

Tsavorite was first mined in Kenya in 1968. The name Tsavorite is a trade name created by Tiffany&Co as the Tsavo National Park in Kenya is near the mine.

Tsavorite Garnet Visuals

Tsavorite is rarely found in gemstones above 2ct. The emerald green with a hint of blue is the most prized With a high Refractive Index gives more brilliance than Emerald.

Specifications of Tsavorite Garnet

Hardness on Mohs Scale: 7.25 Toughness: Good

Luster: Vitreous Specific Gravity: 3.40 – 3.80

Refractive Index: 1.73-1.75 Cleavage: None

General Chemical Formula: Ca3CR2(SiO4)3

Crystal form: Crystalizes in the Cubic system. With the highest symmetry, crystals can take the form of cube, octahedron or pentagonal dodecahedron, spherical crystals also exist.

Common Inclusions in Tsavorite Garnet

Look with a loop for Acicular to fibrous crystals and feathers.

Tsavorite Garnet mines

The Scorpion Mine in southeast Kenya, which is now moving to underground mining. A new mine is at Lokirima, about a thousand km northwest of the other mines.

Value of Tsavorite

It is less well known than Emerald. As it is gaining in popularity, it is a good investment. Stones rise in value over 1ct. A 2ct clean stone is very rare indeed!

ShangrilaGems Observations

Tsavorite is not heated or treated. Similar stones are Emerald, Peridot, other Garnets, tourmaline. Tsavorite stands out with its brilliance. With Tsavorite you know you are getting a totally untreated stone – no heat nothing. Where as, nearly all Emeralds are treated and new treatments are regularly discovered! Hugely underrated; it is a wonderful gemstone.

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$199.95 USD

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