Tsavorite is the green to emerald green variety of Grossular Garnet group.
The Mohs’ hardness is 6,5 – 7,5.
The garnet group is made of many differently colored minerals with similar crystal structure and related chemical composition. The main representatives are Pyrope, Almandite and Spessartite, Grossularite, Andradite and Uvarovite.
The name Garnet derives from Latin for grain because of the rounded crystals and similarity to the red kernals of the pomegranate.
Tsavorite is found in Kenya and Tanzania , discovered in the early 1970s.
The name derived from the Tsavo National Park, where it was first found.