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Tsavorite Garnet to Demantoid Garnet...it happens sometimes....

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Posted 12-20-2011 at 05:59 PM by Arcadian

So I've had this particular stone in my collection for about 2 years. I evaluate my collection roughly every year. its a little extensive and yeah, I do forget sometimes that I've bought something at the same time I also catalog everything so I don't forget what it is.




This particular stone is a Tsavorite...or well, thats what I cataloged it as because thats what the seller sold it to me as.

I remember it pretty clearly because I got it for quite the song. Won't say how little of a song but well, lets just say it was a 2 digit song.

The seller sold it to me because for tsavorite, its a bit dark and has a few too many inclusions and has a slight yellow tint to it.

I was ok with that considering....


So it came time to sit down and decide which stones to send to AGL (American Gemological Laboratory) for analysis. I generally send 4 stones a year and this was one of the ones I chose.

it came back as this:


But so what you're probably thinking. Its just another green garnet.

Well, yes and no.

Demantoids are the KING of green garnets and on a per ct basis, one of the most expensive gemstones in the world when they look like this. They're also some of the most sought after. So to have one of THIS color and size, is a coup.

Demantoids are usually found in sub ct sizes. Over 1 ct and thats some serious stuff. Over 2 cts and your reaching unicorn status (though they do exist they're just super expensive)

The ones that really have the most value are the ones from the Ural Mountains in Russia.

So while I was happy to have had a tsavorite, I have plenty of those. This on the other hand, is something else entirely!

At any rate, I thought I'd share.

-A
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