HD VIDEO - Underground Tsavorite Discussion
Tsavorite has just celebrated its 50th Anniversary of its discovery, along with Tanzanite in 1967. The two gems' relationship is a wonderful synergy of the power of nature, science and geology. Tanzanite would not exist without the green grossular garnet, Tsavorite. I encourage you to read some of my previous blog articles where I focus more on the geochemical relationship between Tsavorite and Tanzanite. I also have published a location blog post of where the Tanzanian and Kenyan Tsavorite has been found, just going to show that the geology outdates country's borders.
'Greenery' was Pantone's 2017 color of the year, which in turn helped promote Tsavorite to the public, and encouraged jewellers to use the rare gemstone. Garnet is such an under-appreciated gemstone and this should not be the case - the garnet group of gemstones offer way more than just a brownish red gemstone. In fact, garnet is available in every single color. This single fact should revolutionise its reputation for the all the January babies, designers and consumers. And Tsavorite is the rarest of all the garnet gems.
You may or may not have heard that Tsavorite is the rarest of the garnets, but here is why:
1. Tsavorite Garnet gets its green color from the trace element, Vanadium. All Tsavorite is from East Africa and is colored by Vanadium (not Chromium).
2. Due to the limited structures in the earth, space available during crystallisation, as well as the pressures in the earth during and after crystallisation, it is rare to get larger sizes of Tsavorite (3 carats and larger). Remember too, that geologists (and miners too for that matter), cannot predict the gemstone in the earth - we are understanding and predicting the metamorphic geology.