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Campbell R. Bridges stumbled upon these garnets, which at the time were not allowed to be exported from the country Tanzania. Bridges continued to search and found vast deposits along the Eastern African beltline. Unfortunately, over the millions of years of formation and erosion, many Tsavorite crystals have been minimized to small crystals and fragments. He took refuge in Kenya in 1971, when the gemstone was still unknown to most and he developed a great system protecting his crystals with snakes. In the year 1974 however, the demand for Tsavorite grew due to the promotional campaign that made this gemstone known in the United States. Not too long after, this gemstone became internationally known.
Tsavorite is actually green grossularite which comes from the Garnet family. Modern gemstones are given names that end in "-ite." Some may hear this stone referred to as Tsavorlite, where "-lite" is a Greek suffix meaning stone. The color of this gem is what makes it desirable to most. It ranges from intense blue green hues to forest green hues and typically represents luck and good fortune.
Many other gemstones that are available on the market have either been burnt or oiled to reach their level of excellence, but Tsavorite has not been altered in either of these manners. It is just naturally this beautiful. Another remarkable quality is that it is approximately 7.5 on the Mohs scale, meaning that it is not as sensitive as others gems. It is said that Tsavorite is a great partner to match with the sapphire, ruby and diamond.
The Tsavorite Garnet is considered the birth stone for the month of January and is mostly associated with the zodiac sign of Aquarius. Its chemical makeup includes aluminum, calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, manganese, titanium and vanadium. Chromium and vanadium are responsible for its brilliant color.