Grossular Garnet var. Tsavorite

Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania
Thumbnail, 1.4 x 0.8 x 0.7 cm
Start Time: 01/30/2010 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 02/04/2010 6:30:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

Tsavorite is the ultra rare, green, chromium or vanadian variety of grossular garnet, found in few places worldwide, all in Africa. This sharp, lustrous, emerald-green crystal has super flashes of green fire and sits on a bit of matrix. This is an excellent, if admittedly small thumbnail. However, the color intensity adds somewhat to the visual impact and the unusual sharpness and gemminess of the crystal transcend the size limitation. 7.75 carats. The older dealer label has a $450 price. Fairly valued today at $600-750

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