Beautifully colored gemstones are all the rage these days and are an especially popular choice for rings gifted on special occasions. And when it comes to gemstones adorning fine jewelry, you are more spoilt for choice than you probably ever imagined. Enter the dazzling Tsavorite! Bright and bold, Tsavorites, like the gorgeous green Tourmaline, are often mistaken for emeralds. But there is far more to these lookalikes than what first meets the eye. We give you the intriguing lowdown.

1.   Tsavorites are rarer than emeralds, but are friendlier to your pocket 

Emeralds are undeniably one of the most precious and most sought after gems in the world, but Tsavorites are actually four times rarer than emeralds and only found in Africa! And yet, they cost less than emeralds because there is less demand for them, simply because they are not as well known. So if you are in love with that dazzling green color, but are looking for a more budget-friendly option, Tsavorites could be your new best friend.

2.   Tsavorites are much newer additions to the jewelry scene

It really wasn’t all that long ago that people didn’t even have a clue that Tsavorites exist. Initially discovered by the late Campell Bridges in Tanzania in 1967, a second Tsavorite source was then located in Kenya three years later, and marketed to the jewelry industry soon after. Emeralds on the other hand, have been famous for centuries, first mined in Egypt around 1500 B.C.

3.   Tsavorite color rivals that of an emerald but is even shinier!

The green Tsavorite can be easily mistaken for an emerald, but it has a higher refractive index than emeralds! This means that they are shinier and more brilliant than emeralds, as they reflect light to a greater extent. Unbeknown to many, most emeralds undergo treatments to improve their clarity. Tsavorites, however, rarely undergo treatment or enhancements.

Love the idea of a Tsavorite ring? Looking for the perfect engagement ring to impress your other half? Check out this Tsavorite stunner. Got a special occasion to go to and need to dress to impress? These gold tsavorite and diamond drop earrings are bound to turn heads. Not quite what you had in mind? Be sure to check out Tourmalines and Peridots before you make your final choice!