- 1.20ct bright green rectangle cushion Tsavorite Garnet
- Measures 7.03 x 5.15 x 3.66mm
- Purchased from Rose in Tanzania
- Cut by artisanal cutters in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tsavorite is a green variety of garnet and Kenya just so happens to be home to the best tsavorites in the world. However, it is a more rare form of garnet because it requires special rock combinations and conditions to form. The finest tsavorites are a striking, saturated green that rival the best emeralds. They also tend to be a bit less included than emerald, and are a great option for those who want a “true green” color without paying emerald prices.
Garnet is the birthstone for the month of January.
Gems from the heart
Moyo means 'heart' in Kiswahili. Our new project expands our Moyo Gems cutting from one person in the US, Beth Stier, to a group of five independent artisanal cutters in Chiang Mai, Thailand. These gems are beautifully precision cut by Gao and Khal (husband + wife) along with Lek, Yod, and Albert. Gao does all the dopping and polishing and Albert cuts the majority of the melee-sized gems. This kind of cutting efficiency can allow us to purchase more of the smaller East African rough gems, which brings fully traceable gemstone melee to the market AND provides a valuable outlet for the gem miners in East Africa: win/win!
A Moyo gem gives back a higher percentage of the sale than an ANZA gem, and this amount is re-invested into the Moyo Gems program to help run market days and support local community needs.