18ct White Gold Pendant with 0.84ct Tsavorite Garnet and Diamonds

18ct White Gold Pendant with 0.84ct Tsavorite Garnet and Diamonds

3,295.00

This vibrant 18ct white gold pendant features a Trillion cut 0.84ct Tsavorite Garnet, with a brilliant-cut diamond micro-set halo and pendant loop, totalling 0.25ct of diamonds (F colour and VS clarity).

It is mounted on an 18ct white gold curb link chain.

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This Green Tsavorite Garnet:

This stunning Trillion cut Tsavorite Garnet is 0.84ct and 6.59mm high x 5.96mm wide x 3.46mm deep.

It was mined on the 10th January 2018. Mining Location : Taita Hills, Tsavo, Kenya. I purchased it on the 4th April 2018.

The stone before cutting.

The stone before cutting.

After cutting

After cutting

Gem Certificate

Gem Certificate

Mining Report

Mining Report

Tsavorite

In the remote Taita Hills bordering the world famous Tsavo National Game reserve (one of Africa’s wildest and largest reserves) lies the site of several Tsavorite mines along a rich Tsavorite bearing vein. The Tsavorite that lies beneath the ground formed nearly 2 billion years ago in a geological process called metamorphism. Mining is done by independent owner-operators living in small camps in the wilderness.

On the site the miners dig a trench and remove the top soil. They shovel the material through a sieve and examine the gravel for tsavorite. If they find a high concentration of tsavorite they bring in a big compressor to power the jack hammers and drills. Ammonium nitrite is used as an explosive to remove and break the hard rocks, then it is easier to remove them to reach the vein. To avoid damage to the vein, the explosive carrying holes must be 4 feet or further away from the vein. 

If the miners find a vein that is producing good quality stones, the miners follow it down. The caves they dig from the bottom of the main pit down into the rock are called amigos. The amigos in these mines yield very fine quality tsavorite. Many of the amigos go down to 90 feet and not only host enormous bats but, but also big scorpions. 

This beautiful Tsavorite was mined at 50 feet plus down in a “potato” gem pocket. It was then brought to Nairobi, where it was cut by master cutters into a stunning, flashing green faceted gemstone.

Caring for Tsavorite

At 7.5 on the Mohs Scale, Tsavorite is much more durable than Emerald and you will have far less reason to worry about damaging it. However, as with all gems, there are certain things that should be remembered. For example, do not clean it in a steam cleaner, of the type often used to clean Diamonds in jewellers shops. This could cause cracking. Unlike Tanzanite, Tsavorite can be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner. The safest way remains as the time-honoured cleaning with warm soapy water and a toothbrush.