The rare chrome-green species of tsavorite garnet was discovered in 1967 by British geologist, Campbell Bridges. While exploring along the frontier between Kenya and Tanzania, Bridges discovered potato-shaped rocks which contained beautiful green crystals of garnet. Tsavorite is found only in these two countries, though the most important deposits are ones located in Kenya. Because so, the remarkable green garnet was named Tsavorite (or tsavolite), taken from the famous Kenyan park, Tsavo National Park.
Tsavorite garnet has a hardness of 6.5-7.5 on the Mohs scale and causes no problems for jewelry when it comes to cutting, setting and wearing. Due to its high brilliance, tsavorite is almost always faceted. Large specimens are very rare. Tsavorite's wonderful golden to green color is invigorating and refreshing on the eyes. Its bright and vivid pale to forest and emerald-green, offers excellent value, wearability and high brilliance at extremely reasonable prices when compared to other fine green gems such as emerald or demantoid garnet.