Tsavorite

Presented below is a group of 30 Tsavorite crystals from a major find at Merelani this summer. Tsavorite is the chromium, vanadium rich variety of Grossular and is considered to be the most valuable of the gem Garnets. This find was exceptional both the number of well crystallized Tsvorites found and the fine green color exhibited by most of the crystals. This article (click here) provides a good overview of Tsvorite mining and Tsavorite geology.

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TSV2 - Tsavorite $ 600 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.3 x 1.8 x 1.7 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv2a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv2b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv2c.jpg]

Glassy single crystal with excellent, rich green color, top color for this find. Though contacted along many edges, the top crystal surfaces are smooth,glassy and undamaged with interesting beveled edges. Graphite attached to base.


TSV3 - Tsavorite $ 1200 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.9 x 1.6 x 1.4 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv3a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv3b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv3c.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv3d.jpg]

Glassy single crystal with a medium grass green color. A well formed crystal complete all around and undamaged except for a few very low faces along the bottom where it was attached to the Graphite matrix. Rare to find Tsvorite in such a complete, fine crystal shape. Good glassy luster and transparency.


TSV4 - Tsavorite $ 650 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1 x 1 x 0.8 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv4a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv4b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv4c.jpg]

Though small, this is a real gem with top color and excellent transparency. Complete all around on the upper half, looks like a faceted gem, weighs 4.99 carats.


TSV5 - Tsavorite $ 1800 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.7 x 1.7 x 1.4 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv5a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv5b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv5c.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv5d.jpg]

Glassy single crystal with excellent, rich green color - this specimen has the richest, most saturated color of any crystal in this lot. Crystal surfaces are smooth and glassy and undamged on front and sides, contacted on back and on bottom where attached to Graphite. Stunning crystal.


TSV6 - Tsavorite $ 1800 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.6 x 1.3 x 0.9 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv6a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv6b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv6c.jpg]

Fine single crystal with excellent, rich green color, top color for this find. Good transparency with all edge faces present, one of the best of the lot.


TSV9 - Apatite on Tsavorite $ 350 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1 x 0.9 x 0.8 cm


Apatite on Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv9a.jpg] Apatite on Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv9b.jpg] Apatite on Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv9c.jpg] Apatite on Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv9d.jpg]

Jewel-like single crystal of light grass green color with an attached 4.5mm blue Apatite crystal. The garnet is gem quality, complete, and undamaged except for one face on the backside, which is not very noticable (can be seen on image where Apatite shown on left side of Tsvorite).


TSV10 - Tsavorite $ 300 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.1 x 1 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv10a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv10b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv10c.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv10d.jpg]

Glassy single crystal with excellent, rich green color, top color for this find. Front display faces are undamaged, backside contacted where it was attached to matrix. Bright and gemmy with excellent color.


TSV11 - Tsavorite $ 800 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.4 x 1.2 x 0.9 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv11a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv11b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv11c.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv11d.jpg]

Glassy single crystal with excellent, rich green color, top color for this find, one of my favorites of the lot. Complete and undamaged.


TSV12 - Tsavorite $ 220 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 0.9 x 0.9 x 0.6 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv12a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv12b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv12c.jpg]

Elongated single crystal with excellent, rich green color, top color for this find. Complete all around and undamaged, small amount of Graphite on bottom, fine.


TSV13 - Tsavorite $ 220 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.3 x 1 x 0.8 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv13a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv13b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv13c.jpg]

Glassy single crystal with excellent, rich green color, top color for this find. Though contacted along many edges, the top crystal surfaces are smooth and glassy and undamged.


TSV14 - Tsavorite $ 950 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.8 x 2.3 x 2 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv14a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv14b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv14c.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv14d.jpg]

Large single undamaged crystal, best large crystal of the lot. Medium grass green in color with beveled edges, glassy luster plenty of transparent zones. Well crystallized on all sides, even crystal faces on the bottom. This crystal is exceptional for it's size and perfection of form.


TSV16 - Tsavorite $ 290 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.4 x 1.4 x 1.2 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv16a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv16b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv16c.jpg]

Glassy single crystal with excellent, rich green color, top color for this find. Crystal surfaces are smooth and glassy. There is some edge damage on this one, but oh the color...very good.


TSV17 - Tsavorite $ 380 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.4 x 1 x 0.9 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv17a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv17b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv17c.jpg]

Complete, oval shaped Tsvorite of medium grass green color. This crystal is complete all around, and must have formed on the tips of some Grpahite blades as even the bottom surface has crystal faces among the indentations caused by the Graphite. One tiny ding present that is hardly noticable.


TSV18 - Tsavorite $ 1000 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.1 x 1.1 x 0.6 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv18a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv18b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv18c.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv18d.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv18e.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv18f.jpg]

Flawless gem of a crystal that formed on the face of another crystal. I see no internal imperfections whatsoever. The few black flecks seen are bits of Graphite attached to the surface fo the backside. All faces are flat, smooth, and lsutrous except for the backside that has a few irregularites where it was attached to the other crystal. This is one crystal that really does look like a faceted gem, weight is 6 carats.


TSV19 - Tsavorite $ 900 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.8 x 2.5 x 2.1 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv19a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv19b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsv19c.jpg]

Huge single crystal with medium green color and attached Graphite. Display faces are smooth and glassy and undamged, bottom and backside are contacted.



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