3.46 ct Grossular Garnet #915263

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Color: Mint
Dimensions: 11.90 x 7.70 x 5.40 mm
Weight: 3.46 carats
Origin: Tanzania
Shape: Pear
Cut: Mixed
Treatment: None
Certificate: 0
Stone Count: 1


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We purchased this gemstone from a contact with direct access to the mine location and with whom we have maintained a long and trusted business relationship. Our supplier has clearly reported on the exact mining locations and production practices applied. On several occasions we have visited the mining operations ourselves and have witnessed the extraction process. We therefore have very good visibility of the gem's life cycle and can testify fairly confidently to the provenance of this gemstone.

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Country of Origin: Tanzania
Mining Location: Merelani Hills, Arusha Region

Eastern Africa has been producing quality green grossular garnets since they were first discovered in 1967. After the deposit was traced across the border from Tanzania into Kenya, the rich green stone became known as "Tsavorite" drawing its inspiration from Kenya's Tsavo National park.

Most of the material comes as well-formed crystals from primary deposits, although some is alluvial. It is often found as a by-product of tanzanite mining in the Merelani region, about 70 km southeast of Arusha, where mining is done by tunneling into the hard rock, often hundreds of meters deep. The material tends to come to the market in small spurts as pockets of the stone are discovered. In 2015, there was a temporary increase in production from a pocket of high-quality pieces, which produced cut stones in a range of sizes.

The deep, vivid green colors in Tsavorite are caused by the same coloring agents as emerald: chromium, vanadium, and manganese. The lighter color material known as Merelani mint grossular garnet contains lower concentrations of these with virtually no iron, resulting in the lighter minty color. Unlike many other gemstones, grossular garnets are not treated in order to increase their beauty or durability. The hardness and lack of cleavage allow the gem to be polished to a very high luster, resulting in crisp, bright stones.