Description: Tsavorite is one of the exclusive gemstones that is totally natural. It is not heated, oiled, fracture-filled or irradiated to enhance color or clarity. With Tsavorite, what you see is what you get! Tsavorite is a nesosilicate of the family of aluminous garnets: rich in vanadium and chromium. Tsavorite is used in jewellery for its green color. It is a rare stone, the more so as its weight increases. It is also expensive and the main reasons for its success are the following: it is of great harshness relatively to the emerald, it contains few inclusions, is less expensive than it for equivalent weights and colors, does not require any treatment (heating, oiling etc.), its refractive index is high and its color is beautiful.*
Characteristics: Tsavorite color comes from intense green to yellowish green, but can also be a bluish green. It has an hardness situated between 7 and 7.5 onto the Moh’s scale, and also has a good toughness. Its refractive index is of 1.74, and that permit to distinguish Tsavorite from other garnets. Tsavorite might contain few inclusions such as feathers or needles.
History: Tsavorite has been discovered by a Scottish gemologist called Campbell Bridges in 1961. The story says that Mr. Bridges got charged by a buffalo and dived into a gully to escape. Once inside the gully, he noticed some greenish rocks glowing under the sunlight. That was the first time Tsavorite was seen! Later, in 1967, he found tsavorite again in the northern part of Tanzania. It occurred in a small hidden valley in a low range of hills just over 100 kilometers southwest of Kilimanjaro, about 13 kilometers southeast of the village of Komolo. Mr. Briges dug a pit on the first day to find the green gems and when they woke up the next they could see rhinoceros prints all around the pit, and decided for fun to call that rhinoceros “the mining inspector”! Tsavorite was found in the next days. In 1973, the “Tiffany & Co” president decided it was time to give that gem a name (which was called green garnet before). The name had to end with “ite” which is the common designation for mineral and start with Tsavo, the name of the national park where it was found in Kenya. Germans proposed the name “Tsavolite” but that’s finally the name Tsavorite that will be choosen.
Etymology: Tsavorite was first discovered in Zimbabwe in 1961 and a few years later in Kenya, Tsavorite’s name pays homage to the nearby Tsavo National Park.*
Power: In general, garnet has long been thought of as a travelers’ stone. In fact, Noah’s Ark is said to have had a garnet lantern to help navigate during the night. Garnet is also thought to promote successful business, encourage compassion and aid self-confidence. Garnet is said to have the ability to heal the blood and encourage good circulation. Garnet is the traditional birthstone for January, the zodiacal stone for Aquarius and the second anniversary stone. In particular, tsavorite garnet is thought to provide its wearer with strength, vitality and positivity. It is also believed to help the immune system, respiration, metabolism and detoxification. Due to its green color, traditional Hindu belief systems associate tsavorite with Anahata, or the heart chakra. This chakra relates to love, compassion, psychic healing and decision making. Thus tsavorite is thought to be helpful in calming the emotions. Tsavorite garnet is an alternative birthstone for May, due to its green color According to feng shui beliefs, tsavorite carries wood energy, which is considered good for growth.
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