Tsavorite garnet generally looks best
under daylight. Incandescent light makes it appear slightly
more yellowish green.
In terms of clarity, tsavorite is relatively
clean. Thus when buying one should expect eye-clean
or near-eye-clean stones.
In the market, tsavorites are found
in a variety of shapes and cutting styles. Ovals and
cushions are the most common, but rounds are also seen,
as are other shapes, such as emerald cuts, trillions,
etc. Cabochon-cut tsavorites are not often seen.
Tsavorite is rare in faceted stones
above 7–8 cts. Fine tsavorites above 20 carats
can be considered world-class pieces. Most stones tend
to be less than 3 cts.
The original locality for tsavorite
was Kenya’s Tsavo National Park, but today important
deposits of gem tsavorite have also been found in Tanzania’s