Tsavorite belongs to the group of garnet of grossular species and is a mineral of calcium and aluminum. The green color of Tsavorite is due to the presence of vanadium and chromium as the trace elements. The first ever deposit of Tsavorites was discovered in 1967, near the mountains of Tanzania. The birthstone of January, Tsavorite is the rarest species of garnet in the world.
The rarity of Tsavorites makes them more desirable in the market, ultimately turning them into an expensive type of garnet.
The close resemblance of tsavorites with emeralds makes them desirable while their relative affordability is fit for your pocket.
Tsavorite is a symbol of benevolence and prosperity. The wearer of this gemstone can quickly recover from emotional trauma.
For a tsavorite the ideal color is perhaps the emerald-green. However, on a general note, look for a tsavorite which is intense in color without being overly dark. Yellow overtones should also be avoided.
Tsavorites tend to be relatively cleaner and thus while buying them, one should look for a piece with eye-clean or near-eye clean gems.
Tsavorites can be cut into variety of shapes and styles. Round, oval, emerald, trillions, etc. can be offered to tsavorite rough, however, they are not usually seen as cabochons.
Mostly, tsavorites are found in sizes below 3 Carats which are perfect for crafting jewelry, however, faceted tsavorite above 7-8 Carats is a rare find.
Tsavorites are quite rare in nature and are obtained from two sources, each in Tanzania and Kenya.
Tsavorite ring is quite easy to clean due to their hardness and durability. However, a few things must be kept in mind like avoiding contact of the gemstone with make-up, harsh chemicals, abrasives.
While cleaning the ring take use of lukewarm water and mild cleaning detergent. Soft toothbrush can be used to clean the underside of the Tsavorite. Also, the ring must be individually kept to avoid contact with other jewelry to avoid unnecessary scratches.
Tsavorites are certified under the norms and regulations of the GIA and hence must be checked before buying the gemstone.
Depending upon the quality of the tsavorite, the price per carat for a 1 carat tsavorite can vary from $35 to $1500.