search
  • English speaking customer support only

    Toll Free - USA & Canada only:
    1-800-464-1640

    International:
    +66-39303404

  • Change Language
  • USD

Tsavorite Garnet Gemstone Information

Tsavorite Gemstones from GemSelect - Large Image
Buy Tsavorite Gemstones from GemSelect
About Tsavorite Garnet - History and Introduction

Tsavorite garnet is a green to emerald colored variety of grossular garnet, which is composed of calcium aluminum silicate. The intense green of tsavorite is owed to traces of vanadium or chromium. This desirable hue can cause tsavorite to be mistaken for fine emeralds. The name "tsavorite" comes from the place where it was first discovered; Tsavo National Park in Tanzania on the borders of Kenya and Tanzania. To this day, this area is the only source of tsavorite garnet.

Tsavorite was discovered in 1967 by a Scottish gemologist called Campbell Bridges, whilst he was walking in Tanzania. Apparently, Bridges was charged by a buffalo and avoided the animal by diving into a gully. Looking around, he noticed some greenish rocks glinting in the sunlight. Later, Bridges and Tiffany & Co introduced tsavorite to the world. Sadly, Campbell Bridges was murdered by a mob in Kenya in August 2009 at the age of 71. It is believed that the killing was a result of disputed mining rights.

Tsavorite Garnet Gemstones
Identifying Tsavorite Garnet Back to Top

Garnet can be identified by its occurrence in metamorphic rock, its hardness (6.5 - 7.5 on the Mohs scale), color and cubic crystal structure. However, the quickest way to identify garnet is with the use of strong neodymium magnets. Garnet is attracted to neodymium magnets because it contains high concentrations of iron and/or manganese. Grossular garnet and pyrope garnet are the least magnetic of the garnet group, which can help to distinguish tsavorite from the more magnetic demantoid garnet. Additionally, the refractive index (1.734 to 1.759) of tsavorite helps to identify it from other garnet types and other gemstones.

Tsavorite Garnet; Origin and Gemstone Sources Back to Top

Tsavorite garnet is only found in Africa, on the border of Kenya and Tanzania.

Buying Tsavorite Garnet and Determining Tsavorite Garnet Gemstone Value Back to Top

Tsavorite Garnet Color

Tsavorite garnet ranges in color from bright yellowish green to deep green or bluish green. The most desired color is an intense, highly saturated green, or a medium bluish to medium-dark green.

Tsavorite Garnet Clarity and Lustre

Tsavorite garnet is transparent to opaque with a vitreous lustre. It has a high refractive index, which gives it a good level of brilliance. Tsavorite gemstones should be eye-clean, meaning that no inclusions can be seen with the naked eye.

Tsavorite Garnet Cut and Shape

Translucent or opaque tsavorite garnet is commonly cut en cabochon and transparent material is cut in a variety of faceted shapes. Since tsavorite garnet is not often found in large sizes, the shapes that retain the most carat weight are often favored by lapidarists.

Tsavorite Garnet Treatment

Tsavorite garnets are not usually treated or enhanced in any way.

Tsavorite Garnet Gemological Properties: Back to Top
Chemical Formula: Ca3Al2(siO4)3 Calcium aluminum silicate
Crystal Structure: Cubic; rhombic dodecahedron, icositetrahedron
Color: Green to emerald green
Hardness: 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale
Refractive Index: 1.734 to 1.759
Density: 3.57 to 3.73
Cleavage: Indistinct
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Double Refraction or Birefringence: Usually none
Lustre: Vitreous
Fluorescence: Strong: red-orange

Please refer to our Gemstone Glossary for details of gemology-related terms.

Tsavorite Garnet: Related or Similar Gemstones Back to Top
Tourmaline Gemstone
Tourmaline

As a member of the garnet family, tsavorite is related to the other garnets, such as spessartite, andradite garnets (melanite, demantoid and topazolite), almandine garnets, pyrope garnets (rhodolite) and uvarovite. Since tsavorite is a type of grossularite, it is most closely related to the other grossular garnets (hydrogrossular, hessonite and leuco garnet).

Due to its intense green color, tsavorite garnet can sometimes be confused with demantoid garnet, emerald and tourmaline.

Tsavorite Garnet Gemstone Mythology, Metaphysical and Alternative Crystal Healing Powers Back to Top

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.

Disclaimer: Metaphysical and Alternative Crystal Healing Powers and Properties are not to be taken as confirmed advice. Traditional, Ceremonial and Mythological Gemstone Lore is collected from various resources and does not represent the sole opinion of SETT Co., Ltd. This information is not to replace the advice of your doctor. Should you have any medical conditions, please see a licensed medical practitioner. GemSelect does not guarantee any claims or statements of healing or astrological birthstone powers and cannot be held liable under any circumstances.
Tsavorite Garnet Gemstone and Jewelry Design Ideas Back to Top

Tsavorite has a good level of brilliance and an attractive vitreous lustre, so when set with white or yellow precious metals, the results can be fantastic. Tsavorite can be used as a statement gemstone or it can be mixed with other colored gemstones for a cascade of colors such as in Dior's "Dentelle Opale d'Orient" bracelet. Tsavorite is often seen mixed with diamonds or other colorless gemstones such as white sapphire or white topaz. Since tsavorite garnet gemstones are often available in smaller sizes, they are frequently set in pave style, which has an effect equally as dramatic as a large stone. Pave settings are also used for intricate artistic jewelry designs such as in Tiffany & Co's flower brooches. Like all garnet, tsavorite rings are an excellent choice, since tsavorite is prized for its excellent durability.

Note: Buy colored gemstones by size and not by carat weight. Colored stones vary in size-to-weight ratio. Some stones are larger and others are smaller than diamonds by weight in comparison.

Famous Tsavorite Garnet Gemstones Back to Top

An enormous faceted tsavorite, weighing 325.13 carats was on display at the Tucson Gem Show 2007. This is believed to be the world's largest, cleanest tsavorite garnet.

Avant-garde German Jewelry House, Hemmerle, are famous for their signature tassel earrings, and one of the most striking pairs are fashioned from vivid green emeralds and tsavorite garnets.

One of the most famous Tiffany & Co designs is the Schlumberger tsavorite seahorse pin.

Tsavorite Garnet Gemstone Jewelry Care and Cleaning Back to Top

How to clean your gemstonesProper care for tsavorite garnets includes cleaning tsavorite garnet gems using only warm, soapy water and a soft cloth. Be sure to rinse well to remove soapy residue. As with most gemstones, ultrasonic cleaners and steamers are not recommended. Always remove any jewelry or gemstones before exercising, cleaning or engaging in harsh physical activities such as sport. Store tsavorite garnets away from other gemstones to avoid scratches. It is best to wrap gemstones in soft cloth or place them inside a fabric-lined jewelry box.

  • First Published: April-21-2014
  • Last Updated: December-03-2018
  • © 2005-2019 GemSelect.com all rights reserved.
    Reproduction (text or graphics) without the express written consent of GemSelect.com (SETT Company Ltd.) is strictly prohibited.
Popular Gemstones
  • Shop Sapphire Gemstones Sapphire
  • Shop Emerald Gemstones Emerald
  • Shop Ruby Gemstones Ruby
  • Shop Aquamarine Gemstones Aquamarine
  • Shop Zircon Gemstones Zircon
  • Shop Opal Gemstones Opal
  • Shop Topaz Gemstones Topaz
  • Shop Tourmaline Gemstones Tourmaline
  • Shop Garnet Gemstones Garnet
  • Shop Amethyst Gemstones Amethyst
  • Shop Citrine Gemstones Citrine
  • Shop Tanzanite Gemstones Tanzanite
All Gemstones (143)
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T V Z
  • Shop Actinolite Cat's Eye Gemstones Actinolite Cat's Eye
  • Shop Agate Gemstones Agate
  • Shop Agate Geode Gemstones Agate Geode
  • Shop Almandine Garnet Gemstones Almandine Garnet
  • Shop Amazonite Gemstones Amazonite
  • Shop Amethyst Gemstones Amethyst
  • Shop Amethyst Geode Gemstones Amethyst Geode
  • Shop Ametrine Gemstones Ametrine
  • Shop Ammolite Gemstones Ammolite
  • Shop Andalusite Gemstones Andalusite
  • Shop Andesine Labradorite Gemstones Andesine Labradorite
  • Shop Apatite Gemstones Apatite
  • Shop Aquamarine Gemstones Aquamarine
  • Shop Aventurine Gemstones Aventurine
  • Shop Beryl Gemstones Beryl
  • Shop Black Opal Gemstones Black Opal
  • Shop Bloodstone Gemstones Bloodstone
  • Shop Boulder Opal Gemstones Boulder Opal
  • Shop Calcite Gemstones Calcite
  • Shop Carnelian Gemstones Carnelian
  • Shop Cat's Eye Apatite Gemstones Cat's Eye Apatite
  • Shop Cat's Eye Aquamarine Gemstones Cat's Eye Aquamarine
  • Shop Cat's Eye Augite Gemstones Cat's Eye Augite
  • Shop Cat's Eye Gemstones Gemstones Cat's Eye Gemstones
  • Shop Cat's Eye Moonstone Gemstones Cat's Eye Moonstone
  • Shop Cat's Eye Opal Gemstones Cat's Eye Opal
  • Shop Cat's Eye Scapolite Gemstones Cat's Eye Scapolite
  • Shop Chalcedony Gemstones Chalcedony
  • Shop Charoite Gemstones Charoite
  • Shop Chocolate Opal Gemstones Chocolate Opal
  • Shop Chrome Diopside Gemstones Chrome Diopside
  • Shop Chrome Tourmaline Gemstones Chrome Tourmaline
  • Shop Chrysoberyl Gemstones Chrysoberyl
  • Shop Chrysocolla Gemstones Chrysocolla
  • Shop Chrysoprase Gemstones Chrysoprase
  • Shop Citrine Gemstones Citrine
  • Shop Citrine Geode Gemstones Citrine Geode
  • Shop Color-Change Diaspore Gemstones Color-Change Diaspore
  • Shop Color-Change Fluorite Gemstones Color-Change Fluorite
  • Shop Color-Change Garnet Gemstones Color-Change Garnet
  • Shop Color-Change Sapphire Gemstones Color-Change Sapphire
  • Shop Coral Gemstones Coral
  • Shop Demantoid Garnet Gemstones Demantoid Garnet
  • Shop Dendritic Agate Gemstones Dendritic Agate
  • Shop Diamond Gemstones Diamond
  • Shop Emerald Gemstones Emerald
  • Shop Enstatite Gemstones Enstatite
  • Shop Fire Agate Gemstones Fire Agate
  • Shop Fire Opal Gemstones Fire Opal
  • Shop Fluorite Gemstones Fluorite
  • Shop Fossil Coral Gemstones Fossil Coral
  • Shop Garnet Gemstones Garnet
  • Shop Golden Beryl Gemstones Golden Beryl
  • Shop Grandidierite Gemstones Grandidierite
  • Shop Grossularite Garnet Gemstones Grossularite Garnet
  • Shop Hawk's Eye Gemstones Hawk's Eye
  • Shop Hematite Gemstones Hematite
  • Shop Hemimorphite Druzy Gemstones Hemimorphite Druzy
  • Shop Hessonite Garnet Gemstones Hessonite Garnet
  • Shop Hiddenite Gemstones Hiddenite
  • Shop Howlite Gemstones Howlite
  • Shop Idocrase Gemstones Idocrase
  • Shop Imperial Topaz Gemstones Imperial Topaz
  • Shop Iolite Gemstones Iolite
  • Shop Jade Gemstones Gemstones Jade Gemstones
  • Shop Jadeite Gemstones Jadeite
  • Shop Jasper Gemstones Jasper
  • Shop Kornerupine Gemstones Kornerupine
  • Shop Kunzite Gemstones Kunzite
  • Shop Kyanite Gemstones Kyanite
  • Shop Labradorite Gemstones Labradorite
  • Shop Lapis Lazuli Gemstones Lapis Lazuli
  • Shop Larimar Gemstones Larimar
  • Shop Malachite Gemstones Malachite
  • Shop Malaya Garnet Gemstones Malaya Garnet
  • Shop Mali Garnet Gemstones Mali Garnet
  • Shop Maw-Sit-Sit Gemstones Maw-Sit-Sit
  • Shop Moonstone Gemstones Moonstone
  • Shop Morganite Gemstones Morganite
  • Shop Moss Opal Gemstones Moss Opal
  • Shop Mother of Pearl Gemstones Mother of Pearl
  • Shop Mystic Quartz Gemstones Mystic Quartz
  • Shop Mystic Topaz Gemstones Mystic Topaz
  • Shop Nuummite Gemstones Nuummite
  • Shop Obsidian Gemstones Obsidian
  • Shop Opal Gemstones Opal
  • Shop Opal Doublet Gemstones Opal Doublet
  • Shop Opal in Matrix Gemstones Opal in Matrix
  • Shop Pearl Gemstones Pearl
  • Shop Peridot Gemstones Peridot
  • Shop Pietersite Gemstones Pietersite
  • Shop Prehnite Gemstones Prehnite
  • Shop Pyrite Gemstones Pyrite
  • Shop Pyrope Garnet Gemstones Pyrope Garnet
  • Shop Quartz Gemstones Quartz
  • Shop Quartz Cat's Eye Gemstones Quartz Cat's Eye
  • Shop Quartz With Marcasite Gemstones Quartz With Marcasite
  • Shop Rainbow Moonstone Gemstones Rainbow Moonstone
  • Shop Rainbow Pyrite Gemstones Rainbow Pyrite
  • Shop Rhodochrosite Gemstones Rhodochrosite
  • Shop Rhodolite Garnet Gemstones Rhodolite Garnet
  • Shop Rhodonite Gemstones Rhodonite
  • Shop Rose Quartz Gemstones Rose Quartz
  • Shop Ruby Gemstones Ruby
  • Shop Ruby in Fuchsite Gemstones Ruby in Fuchsite
  • Shop Ruby-Zoisite Gemstones Ruby-Zoisite
  • Shop Rutile Quartz Gemstones Rutile Quartz
  • Shop Sapphire Gemstones Sapphire
  • Shop Scolecite Gemstones Scolecite
  • Shop Seraphinite Gemstones Seraphinite
  • Shop Serpentine Gemstones Serpentine
  • Shop Sillimanite Gemstones Sillimanite
  • Shop Sillimanite Cat's Eye Gemstones Sillimanite Cat's Eye
  • Shop Smithsonite Gemstones Smithsonite
  • Shop Smoky Quartz Gemstones Smoky Quartz
  • Shop Snowflake Obsidian Gemstones Snowflake Obsidian
  • Shop Sodalite Gemstones Sodalite
  • Shop Spectrolite Gemstones Spectrolite
  • Shop Spessartite Garnet Gemstones Spessartite Garnet
  • Shop Sphalerite Gemstones Sphalerite
  • Shop Sphene Gemstones Sphene
  • Shop Spinel Gemstones Spinel
  • Shop Star Diopside Gemstones Star Diopside
  • Shop Star Garnet Gemstones Star Garnet
  • Shop Star Gemstones Gemstones Star Gemstones
  • Shop Star Lemon Quartz Gemstones Star Lemon Quartz
  • Shop Star Moonstone Gemstones Star Moonstone
  • Shop Star Rose Quartz Gemstones Star Rose Quartz
  • Shop Star Ruby Gemstones Star Ruby
  • Shop Star Sapphire Gemstones Star Sapphire
  • Shop Star Sunstone Gemstones Star Sunstone
  • Shop Strawberry Quartz Gemstones Strawberry Quartz
  • Shop Sugilite Gemstones Sugilite
  • Shop Sunstone Gemstones Sunstone
  • Shop Tanzanite Gemstones Tanzanite
  • Shop Tiger's Eye Gemstones Tiger's Eye
  • Shop Tiger's Eye Matrix Gemstones Tiger's Eye Matrix
  • Shop Topaz Gemstones Topaz
  • Shop Tourmaline Gemstones Tourmaline
  • Shop Tsavorite Garnet Gemstones Tsavorite Garnet
  • Shop Turquoise Gemstones Turquoise
  • Shop Variscite Gemstones Variscite
  • Shop Zircon Gemstones Zircon
Main Categories
  • New Arrivals
  • Gemstone Lots
  • Gemstone Lots - By Piece
  • Matched Pairs
  • Cabochon Gems
  • Drilled Gems, Briolettes and Beads
  • Gemstone Carvings
  • Fancy Gemstones
  • Star Gemstones
  • Unheated Sapphire
English speaking customer support only

Toll Free - USA & Canada only:
1-800-464-1640

International:
+66-39303404

Save Money
No shipping Fees for Additional Items!
$8.90 Worldwide Shipping

Update Translation
 
Current Value
New Value
GemSelect Gemstones
X Close Window
Colored Gemstones
X Close Window
Colored Gemstones
X Close Window
Colored Gemstones
Size and Weight

Gems are always measured in Millimeter (mm)

Dimensions are given as;
length x width x depth,
except for round stones which are;
diameter x depth

Select gems by size, not by weight!
Gem varieties vary in density, so carat weight is not a good indication of size

Note: 1ct = 0.2g

Size Comparison Chart