Tsavorite garnet is named for the Tsavo region of Kenya, where many of these amazing green garnets are mined. While first discovered in 1967 in nearby Tanzania, significant quantities of gem grade tsavorite garnets have only been found in parts of Tanzania and nearby Kenya. Tsavorite is a form of grossular garnet, colored intensely green by trace amounts of vanadium. Paler green specimens have been called “Merelani Mint” garnets after the Merelani region in Tanzania. Tsavorite garnets are typically small and gems over 2 carats are quite rare.
I faceted this tsavorite in a custom trillion design I call “Topangle;” it is very clean for a Tsavorite with just one small veil that is very difficult to see face up. It weighs 1.95 carats and measures 7.2 x 5.4 mm. The color is a intense bright grass green, appearing slightly more blue-green in daylight.