Tsavorite is technically a rare form of Grossular Garnet and is not only rare as heck but desirable because of its unique beauty. This pair of intergrown crystals is absolutely stunning. The deep green, almost electric color, fabulous clarity, and superb luster make this specimen a true killer. This is a fantastic , if admittedly small thumbnail. However, the color intensity adds somewhat to the visual impact and the unusual sharpness and gemminess of the crystal transcend the size limitation. It MUST also have a sizable gem value if cut up...
The Grossular (Hessonite) Garnets from the Jeffrey Mine are world-famous, and some of the most sought-after specimens for the species. These dark honey-colored crystals have superb luster, excellent striations that are classic for these garnets, and sharp crystal definition. More importantly, they have that rare internal brightness combined with external glassy lustre that places this piece in the top percentiles for quality. This is a killer miniature all the way. It is even better in person!
ex. Sam Nasser
A large, sharp, unusually big crystal with fat and juicy color. It is isolated and 3-dimensional, and just gorgeous. Most are much smaller. It DOES have, admittedly, a little bit of damage in the form of minor edge wear. It is hard to notice and not detracting.
A stunning, rich, specimen of classic garnet from this now defunct mine, just vibrant with deep color and glassy lustre. This piece is one of the best I have seen for sale in recent years. Note the complex additional stepped faces on many crystals, which result in extra reflection of light and more "sparkle" to the piece overall. In person, the crystals are also much more gemmy and internally vibrant.
This is a luscious apple-green, lustrous, translucent, crystal of grossular var. tsavorite, a rare and beautiful member of the garnet family. The crystal size and quality is exceptional for a specimen tsavorite - usually they are smaller and rougher! This 44.84 carat thumbnail is an example of the beauty and color that has made it rival emeralds in jewelry. Some dings to the back, but the display face is pristine and incredibly sharp! It was originally priced at $100 per carat as gem rough, yikes! Luckily I got a "specimen pricing" on this lot. NOTE THIS IS BETTER IN PERSON! IT IS HARD TO CONVEY THE QUALITY IN PICS - IT GLOWS IN PERSON!
This thumbnail of tsavorite garnet not only is gemmy and a lovely emerald green color, but it is also on real matrix of silvery black graphite and a minor blue apatite - a most unusual association! The largest tsavorite crystal is doubly terminated and measures 1.1 cm in length. Overall, it weighs 39.84 carats. This is an excellent tsavo thumbnail specimen! MORE BRILLIANTLY LUSTROUS IN PERSON!
This is a superb, stunningly attractive cluster of GEMMY, emerald green, grossular var. tsavorite on lustrous, black graphite with minor pyrite. The largest tsavorite measures 1.0 cm in length and the cluster weighs 31.37 carats. This is a competition quality thumbnail.MORE BRILLIANTLY LUSTROUS IN PERSON!
To my mind, this small locality has produced a trickle of what have to be rated among the finest examples of Hessonite garnet in the world. Most people do not even know the mine name for sure - I have seen smaller pieces trickling to the market under a variety of lcoality placements. And,most specimens are partial crystals or clunky matrix pieces with small crystals. This aesthetic, impressive display piece is 3-dimensional and has fat crystals , symmetric as you can wish for, wrapping around. The central crystal is 3.5 cm and is fully terminated on the back of the piece, as well. IN fact, the whole backside is complete and showy, just with a few very minor bits of edge wear showing while the front is pristine. It is more transparent in person I believe, because the photos were not overdone or taken with close lighting which makes the crystals appear more gemmy when more strongly backlit. This is a major specimen, suitable for any collection and, I think, a real treasure from a place where this kind of money does not buy the best aquamarines or tourmaline but can land you something like this that just leaps out of the crowd, to my eye. Joe Budd photos
ex. Irv Brown
Green cored garnets are most unusual, especially in crystals of this size! This cluster of grossular garnet, from the world's famous garnet and vesuvianite locality in Canada, is characterized by green cores surrounded by transparent, colorless, areas; all of which make up a fine 3-dimensional column of solid garnet specimen. It is complete all around, 360. The large crystal measures .75 cm across. In addition, there is a growth of secondary, gemmy, pink crystals of grossular.
This specimen from the now-closed Jeffrey Asbestos quarry features a nearly 1-inch, 2-cm garnet smack in the middle of smaller crystals. The large crystal is REALLY gemmy and bright, and is among the largest crystals for this location in terms of breadth - rarely do you get them this size (did, rather). It is extremely symmetric as well. Because of its thickness, an the backing of smaller crystals, a deep color comes through whereas otherwise many large crystals from here are more pale in appearance. The crystal is pristine save for one small ding on the south-facing edge , which is there but not readily visible unless you go look for it. Still, if it were not there, this would be a 5k-plus specimen. With the small ding, its reduced a lot in price but still quite definitely looks like a killer and glows on a shelf; and I think its the best piece in this size AND price combinaiton I have had to offer (especially with the mine now closed!).
This is a superb specimen with great aesthetics, featuring a large display face of brilliantly lustrous, almost metallic, wine-red garnet crystals from this classic locale. No damage to the display face, and the jewel-like look of the piece, and the size, all combine to make it very significant. You rarely see such for sale. This was one of the very few Alpine pieces we obtained when Wayne Thompson and I bought most of the significant parts of Eric's worldwide collection last spring. Well-known collector Giuseppe Agozzino found this "miracle" pocket in July of 1977 and sold it to collector Christian Lallement, after which it passed to Eric's collection where it remained for some 20 years.
Hessonite Garnets are some of the most vivid and beautiful gems in the Garnet family. These stones are beloved for their great color and large size stones. Garnets are generally very difficult to find in stones over 4 or 5 carats because the material simply does not often form large, gemmy sections that produce big stones. This gem is really impressive with a rich red color (with a slight orange overtone) and an attractive Flower Round Brilliant cut, but the greatest aspect of this stone is the sheer size! It is very difficult to find a gem of this quality with this color over 10 carats. They are truly few and far between in this size range. The stone is virtually eye clean and the color amazingly very rich. A great opportunity for a Garnet to collector to add a significant gem to their collection.
Garnet comes in virtually every color of the rainbow. I've seen this color of Grossular from Mali, but this is first yellow Grossular I've seen from Tanzania. There are plenty of green Grossulars from Tanzania, but yellow is not so common. This gem has VVS clarity, and has a great light yellow color with a "Pear" cut. I think that this is a very underappreciated gem, and this color is not seen very often in Grossular so don't miss out.
Tsavroite is a Vanadium bearing Grossular and was discovered over 30 years ago in Kenya. This material along with Demantoid, is the best green Garnet in the world. Typically this material can be a very light mint green or an undesirably dark green, but this particular gem is a rich, very desirable, saturated, intense emerald green color. Tsavorite has for many years been a rare, high-in-demand gemstone in the retail market, and thus commands a high price due its rarity and beauty. Keep in mind that the top quality Tsavorite in the world only comes from one area and the supply has certainly been dwindling in the last 10 years. This gem is a superb, saturated, nearly eye clean, "Cushion" cut gem and is very good quality.
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