Tsavorite or tsavolite is a variety of the garnet group species grossular, a calcium-aluminium garnet with the formula Ca3Al2Si3O12) Trace amounts of vanadium or chromium provide the green color.
Green grossular had been rare until 1967, when a British gem prospector and geologist Campbell R. Bridges came across a deposit of the mineral in the mountains of north-east Tanzania. The specimens he found were of very intense color and of high transparency. The find interested the gem trade, and attempts were made to export the stones, but the Tanzanian government did not provide permits.
The name tsavorite was proposed by Tiffany and Co president Henry Platt in honor of Tsavo National Park in Kenya. Apart from the source locality in Tanzania it is also found in Toliara (Tuléar) Province, Madagascar, but so far, no other occurrences of gem material have been discovered.
"A stone of health", extracting negative energies from the chakras, and helping to distribute the appropriate amount of positive energy to each part of the body. Tsavorite can enhance our levels of fertility and helps with disorders of the senses i.e. hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch. Mental/Emotional
All types of garnets are called the "stone of commitment", to our life’s purpose, to other people and to ourselves, and Tsavorite helps us with this. In addition, it also helps us to transform our most base and lower form of response into a reply containing much more love and consideration. It inspires the ideal of service, strengthens our stability in the face of a challenge, and helps us to realise that each person is the ruler of his or her own destiny, and that that destiny must be reached with love in our hearts and minds. Tsavorite is a stone that helps us to "know ourselves".
Tsavorite enhances our ability to channel. In particular it assists us to make contact with the ancient Egyptian and Greek Gods and to receive information from them on learning, prudence, magic and wisdom. Tsavorite also helps to produce visions during meditation although these are more usually "sensed" rather than "seen". It also enhances our levels of psychic communication and telepathic connection.