Garnet Tsavorite (Grossular) #11 Thumbnail Specimen (Merelani Hills, Tanzania)
*This is a very small miniature, known as a thumbnail specimen. Please examine scale photo and consider dimensions carefully.* Thumbnail specimens are mounted in small display boxes known as perky boxes, and contain locality information. They are designed so that they are ready for display, or may be unmounted for any use including jewelry supply. An ideal and efficient tiny treasure, for any collection!
Mineral Name: Tsavorite Garnet (Garnet, Grossular var. Tsavorite).
Locality: Merelani Hills, Manyara Region, Tanzania.
Dimensions: 0.31" x 0.42" (8mm x 11mm)
Characteristics of this specimen: A pale citrus green color, with some rough edges but clean lines and apparent geometric shape. Black inclusions (likely graphite). Small and lustrous, well formed.
Tsavorite garnets are a rare type of grossular garnet which gets their vibrant green color from chromium or vanadium—they are part of the garnet group. Garnet varieties include almandine, pyrope, spessartine, grossular, uvarovite, and andradite. Garnets form in the cubic, or isometric, system--they form geometric shapes.
Care Notes: Garnets display a range of chemical properties, and hardness varies between 6.5-7.5. They are relatively hard and resistant to breakage.
Healing Keywords: Garnet is most often associated with grounding and physical health and vitality. Grossular garnet is especially associated with wealth and prosperity.
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