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Tsavorite or Green Garnet, the Undiscovered Gem

Tsavorite or Green Garnet, the Undiscovered Gem

by Andrea Van Wilgenburg

One of the more rare garnets and less well known is the green Tsavorite garnet. Tsavorite garnet is one of the most beautiful and vibrant of gemstones. The color can range from a fresh mint green to a deep forest green. One of my favorite green garnet hues is the neon medium green color seen in very few pieces. The tsavorite measures 7 to 7.5 in hardness on the Mohs scale, so it makes a fine gemstone for a lasting piece of jewelry. Tsavorite garnet is a type II gemstone, which means the conditions in which Tsavorites are formed in nature are not always favorable, so inclusions are common in pieces over 1 carat. Like most gemstones, garnet has borrowed...

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