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Tsavorite,Matched Pairs 1.73-Carat
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Tsavorite,Pear 1.38-Carat
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Tsavorite,Cushion 1.13-Carat
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Tsavorite,Oval 5.46-Carat
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Tsavorite,Pear 1.47-Carat
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Tsavorite,Oval 1.70-Carat
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Tsavorite,Matched Pairs 2.43-Carat
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Tsavorite,Matched Pairs 4.49-Carat
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Tsavorite,Matched Pairs 4.89-Carat
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Tsavorite,Matched Pairs 2.53-Carat
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Tsavorite,Oval 2.11-Carat
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Tsavorite,Oval 3.07-Carat
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Tsavorite,Cushion 10.04-Carat
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Tsavorite,Cushion 3.16-Carat
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Tsavorite,Trillion 1.63-Carat
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Tsavorite,Cushion 3.71-Carat
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Tsavorite,Oval 3.26-Carat
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Tsavorite Educational Resources

GIA GEMOLOGIST WRITTEN ARTICLES

  • The Definitive Tsavorite Buying Guide

    As with all gemstones, Tsavorite quality is defined by a number of factors. This article looks at these in detail and tell you all you need to know.

  • Inclusions in Tsavorite - An Exploration of the In...

    An in depth article which delves into the inner world of Tsavorite gemstones. examining the different types of inclusions typically seen in this gem type and also some not so typical. Professional Micro-photography with GIA microscope and microscope camer

Tsavorite Educational VIDEOS

A fascinating exploration into a new Tsavorite mine.
Learn how intrepid artisanal miners prospect and mine this elusive
precious stone in this candid video.

Tsavorite FAQ’s

Tsavorite is found only in East Africa. There are 2 main deposits, specifically the Taita area of Kenya near the Tsavo National Game Reserve after which the gem is named, and in the Lemshuko area of Tanzania. The Tsavorite belt is illustrated in this map. The largest Tsavorite mine was the Scorpion mine but this is no longer in operation. Most Tsavorite mines are operated by small scale miners now. Watch our Tsavorite Mining Video above to see how it is done.

Tsavorite is actually a Grossularite Garnet which is a rare form of green garnet. Most people think of Garnet as being red but it actually comes in many colors. Tsavorite is one of the rarest garnet types, the other notable rare garnets being Color Change Garnet and Malaia Garnet. Tsavorite is a Calcium Aluminium Silicate and its beautiful green color is caused by Vanadium and sometimes Chromium.

Tsavorite is a very rare gemstone. Some would say too rare as it is such a difficult gem to mine it is not easily available in the market, especially in larger sizes. This mean many people have never heard of it despite its incredible beauty. It is only found in part of the world – East Africa, specifically Kenya and Tanzania. Fine Tsavorites in sizes over 2 carat are very rare.

Tsavorite value is dictated by the 4 C’s just like Diamonds. The finer the Tsavorite the higher the price per carat. Tsavorite prices are also driven by carat weight – larger Tsavorites in fine qualities are very rare and hence price per carat increases exponentially as the carat weight increases. . Color and clarity also play a large role in quality. Our article on Tsavorite Buying Guide is very informative on the subject.

The trade actually dropped these monikers as they were no longer suitable to some of the new gem discoveries. In the past, precious stones were considered to be Diamond, Sapphire, Ruby & Emerald and all other gems were thought of as “semi precious”. However, fine, large Tsavorites can command up to $8,000 per carat and that cannot be considered semi precious. Discoveries of other rare gems like Paraiba Tourmaline, Tanzanite and fine Flame Spinels which can command stratospheric prices also contributed to this. However, if the old system was still in place, Tsavorite, with its incredible purity, beauty and rarity would most certainly qualify as a precious stone.

People are often curious as to how Tsavorite compares to Emerald. Both are green gems, which is better? On a purely gemological level, the answer would be Tsavorite. It is a more durable gem, has a higher Refractive Index and double the Dispersion of Emerald, meaning that it is generally a brighter and more brilliant gemstone when cut well with none of the durability issues of Emerald. Tsavorite is also rarer than Emerald. Emerald is mined in a number of locations around the world whilst Tsavorite is only found in one place in the world – East Africa.
This video on Tsavorite VS Emerald explains all.

By virtue of belonging to the Garnet family, Tsavorite is the birthstone for January. It joins its better known red cousins and a variety of other colors. For further detailed information on Birthstones read our Definitive Guide on Birthstones

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