The color of this brilliant natural green grossularite garnet crystal ranges from pale yellowish-green to mint green, natural green, medium green to intense rich emerald dark green. The color in the gemstone is mainly due to the mineral vanadium oxide. Due to its closeness to the dark green emerald in terms of color and better durability than the emerald gemstone, green tsavorite garnets have become very popular. However large tsavorites being rare can command exorbitant prices.
Fine quality excellent green tsavorite grossular garnet gems are mainly cut and faceted into round and oval cut. However tsavorites can be cut and faceted in any shape like pear cut, trillion cut, octagon cut and other fancy cuts depending on crystal shape and quality. It is also cut in cabochons and set to make a tsavorite ring.
Large genuine tsavorite garnets are one of the rarest and most valuable garnet crystals for the green grossular garnet group. Gemstones of lesser carats are more easily available and not as highly priced. This 50+ carat tsavorite garnet is rarely seen in the market these days and fetch very good price from the gemstone collectors.
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