Tsavorite Green Garnet

  • 5 Reasons to Choose Tsavorite Jewelry

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    Tsavorite jewelry has become the next Big Thing in the world of beautiful, statement piece jewelry collections.  These precious stones are becoming increasingly sought after thanks to their appearance, versatility and overall value.  With so many new people becoming aware of and interested in these amazing gemstones, we thought we would bring together the Top Five reasons why more and more people are turning to tsavorite jewelry.

    Clarity and Beauty

    Tsavorite gemstones are a brilliant and bright green that sparkles and reflects light with an amazing shine.  Their bright color and dynamic reflectivity make them a sparkling addition to any jewelry collection.  When couples with diamonds and other stones of a more muted color, tsavorite gemstones really pop, making them true statement pieces.

    Versatility

    Tsavorite jewelry pieces are well known for being able to complement any kind of look.  There are set pieces that can pair well with a high-end, formal even regal look as well as options for more casual, everyday looks.  This diversity comes from the wide selection of tsavorite jewelry available on the market as well as the ability for loose tsavorite gemstones to be fitted into such a wide variety of settings.

    A Young Stone with a Long History

    Tsavorite is a fairly new gemstone and has only been mined commercially since the 1970s.  But don’t let its young age fool you – tsavorite gems have a long, rich (and somewhat complicated) history.  These amazing gemstones were originally found by a professional gemologist who was unable, at the time, to gain permission to mine the precious stone.  Once he found the gemstone again in a neighboring country, he was able to secure permission but still needed help bringing this stone to the wider attention of the world.  The iconic fashion trend-setter Tiffany & Co. stepped in to help name the gemstone and elevate it to worldwide acclaim by naming it one of their Legacy Gemstones.

    Healing Properties

    There are many people who believe in the healing and restorative health benefits of a number of different gemstones.  The idea behind this belief is essential that as gemstones are formed by the Earth, they also pick up a number of health benefits through their creation.  Some gemstones are credited with improving a variety of conditions and ailments.  Tsavorite has been associated with the Heart-Chakra and is used to aid in respiratory problems and even help with emotional turmoil.  It is also connected to a boost in immunity as well as improving creativity and imagination.

    Value

    Some people shy away from discussing price or value when it comes to jewelry.  After all, the focus is meant to be on the beauty of a piece, right?  But the truth is that people need to be concerned about overall value since even the most beautiful piece isn’t worth anything if you can’t use or wear it regularly.  Jewelry is meant to be displayed, to be used to complete and complement your look.  Tsavorite jewelry fits the bill perfectly thanks to its longevity and accessibility.  Tsavorite gemstones are one of the most precious gemstones in the world, mined only in a small area of land, but they are not priced outlandishly, making them a truly precious stone that people can enjoy.

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  • Tsavorite: The Rare Gemstone You've Probably Never Heard Of

    Today's customers are more informed on what's available and have a clearer idea of what they want than ever before. This is true in pretty much every industry. Someone in the market for a new high-end television, for example, go into the process with an idea of size, resolution and features they want. It's the result of more information and a better way for customers to connect with reviews, articles about emerging technology and simply a broader understanding of the kind of technical jargon (dpi settings, HDMI readiness, WiFi compatible, ready to stream, etc) than previous generations.

    The same is true in the world of jewelry. Shoppers today run the gamut from traditional collectors and fashionistas who want to create a large and well rounded collection to people who want to buy their first large piece for a wedding, landmark anniversary or other major life milestone. Before they begin shopping in earnest, they will have an idea about metal type, the cut or color they want and, of course, the main gemstone.

    Gemstone trends come and go, with some iconic options always remaining stylish favorites. Diamonds, of course, are perhaps the most commonly used gemstone for these settings. Their beauty make them an obvious choice but their ubiquity also makes them an unlikely choice for people who want something different. So people look for gemstones they are aware of or have seen before. Sapphires, emeralds and other colorful stones have become popular choices since they are known for their brilliance.

    At the same time, the surge in these colorful options means that there are still those who want something that will truly stand out.

    That's where tsavorite comes in.

    If you've never heard of tsavorite (pronounced TAH-vor-ite) before, you're not alone. While tsavorite has a long and rich history, its popularity has always skimmed under the radar with the general public. To be honest, I've never understood why this is. Tsavorite is, quite simply, one of the most brilliant gem stones available today. Many people compare it to emeralds because of tsavorite's brilliantly rich green color. But the truth is that tsavorite is much brighter and has more natural sparkle than an emerald.

    Tsavorite may not be well known now, but I don't think that will be the case for long. The stone was only discovered 40 years ago, so it is quite young when compared to other gemstones. Still, as more people discover this amazing gemstone I'm confident its popularity will surge. I look forward to seeing this tone evolve and become just as well-known and celebrated as other iconic gemstones.

  • Mining, Murder and Tiffany: The Strange History of Tsavorite Green Garnet

    Tsavorite is a richly colored and multi-faceted gemstone that is increasingly in popularity thanks to its beauty. But there's more to this rare and beautiful gemstone than its dynamic appearance - it has a dark past. One that stretches back several decades and across the African continent. One which centers around a man with a passion for gemstones, a high-end store known for luxury and a violent attack that spawned search for justice that went on for more than 5 years.

    Back in the 1960s Campbell R. Bridges, a gem prospector and geologist from the UK, uncovered a deposit of green grossular garnet he had never seen before. He was, at the time, stunned by its color which managed to be rich and dynamic without losing its transparency. Campbell immediately understood he had found something truly amazing but the path to mining and sharing this gemstone was beset by challenges from the very beginning. He found the first deposit in a small village named Lemshuko, located in north-eat Tanzania. Bridges' find wound up being interesting to other gem hunters and initially he tried to mine more in that location, but the Tanzanian government refused to give their permission.

    Bridges wouldn't be deterred, however, and he followed a hunch that the same mineral deposit he found was actually part of a larger one that he thought originated in nearby Kenya. In 1971 Bridges hit pay dirt again when he was able to find the mineral deposit again and secure a permit to mine the area from the local government. Thus began the world's romance with tsavorite as well as the beginning of Campbell's ultimate demise.

    For the next few years, the gem grew in popularity among gem hounds but remained widely unknown. All that changed, however, once Tiffany & Co. stepped in with plans to market the gemstone to the public. Sir Henry Platt, then president of Tiffany, called the gem ' tsavorite' after the Tsavo East National Park in Kenya where the gem was mined. The marketing was a huge success and today it is considered one of Tiffany & Co.'s “Legacy Gemstones” along side iconic gemstones such as kunzite (named for famed gemologist Dr. George Frederick Kunz) and morganite (named after the Gilded Age financier John Pierpont Morgan).

    Once the public got a taste of this amazing gemstone, demand went through the roof. The discovery also launched the career of Campbell Bridges into the stratosphere. He became a well known gem expert and secured a lucrative consultancy contract with Tiffany & Co. Over time, Bridges built his reputation as a world-renown gemologist and his mining operation grew profitable and expanded in Kenya. He went on to cultivate a large piece of personal and mining property in Kenya and garnered a Lifetime Achievement Award from the gemstone industry.

    But then, in 2009, tragedy struck when a mob overtook Bridges' property and mining operation. He and his son fought alongside several of their loyal workers to try and fight the mob but, ultimately Bridges lost his life after being stabbed. His son, Bruce, was also wounded but survived. The attack was reportedly over some illegal local miners being angry about a man they saw as a foreigner – in spite of the fact that Campbell and his family lived in Kenya for years and were well-known for treating his workers well – stealing what they felt what rightfully theirs. A group of thugs decided to attempt to take the mine by force which led to the violent attack.

    The fatal attack came on the heels of numerous death threats Campbell fielded over the rights to the mines and the precious gemstones they contained. The Campbell family had been to the police several times to ask for help but felt as though they were being brushed off. Eventually, Campbell said he would retain private security but by the time he had made that decision, it was already too late. Campbell and his son, Bruce, knew they were up against men who would stop at nothing to steal the mining rights and on a summer moving in August of 2009, everything came to a head. A mob attacked the property, ultimately killing the man who brought tsavorite to the world.

    For the next several years Bruce fought alongside other family members for justice on his father's behalf. Even though several of the men who killed his father had been photographed and arrested shortly after the murder, the investigation was dragged out and hampered by several political issues, including corruption at different levels. Finally, in 2014, his father's killers were tried, convicted and sentenced to more than 40 years in prison. A small consolation to the family who lost a father and the gem world that lost a leader and visionary with a true passion for gems.

    Today, tsavorite is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people discover how beautiful, durable and versatile this rare gemstone truly is. But few of them realize the price one man – and his family – paid in order to make sure it was something the rest of the world could enjoy. Truly, this is a gemstone worth treasuring for its rarity, its beauty and its dark and troubled history. For people who treasure this valuable gemstone today, understanding the lengths the Campbell family has had to go to in their quest to bring tsavorite makes its beauty bittersweet and even more breath-taking.

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