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Log of TSVC1595 on completion of cutting
Cut Shape : Cushion


Video Log of TSVC1595 on completion of cutting

HD VIDEO taken in Natural North Daylight (approx 5500 Kelvin). This movie has been professionally videoed and is of the actual piece represented.
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Log of TSVC1595 in its rough state

Rough Image

ID # TSVC1595

Geological History

Next to the very remote Kamtonga sisal ranch in a dusty, wild area of Kenya lie the M’kuki plains. It was here that a rich reef of some of the most beautiful Tsavorite was discovered. The Tsavorite that lies beneath these beautiful plains, formed nearly 2 billion years ago in a geological process called metamorphism. Small scale miners (known as artisanal miners) populate this area with their makeshift mining camps as they prospect for the “green gold” as Tsavorite has become known in these parts.

On the site the miners dig a trench and remove the top soil. They shovel the material through a sieve and examine the gravel for tsavorite. If they find a high concentration of tsavorite they bring in a big compressor to power the jack hammers and drills. Ammonium nitrite is used as an explosive to remove and break the hard rocks, then it is easier to remove them to reach the vein. To avoid damage to the vein, the explosive carrying holes must be 4 feet or further away from the vein.

If the miners find a vein that is producing good quality stones, the miners follow it down. The caves they dig from the bottom of the main pit down into the rock are called amigos. The amigos in these mines yield very fine quality tsavorite. Many of the amigos go down to 90 feet and not only host enormous bats but, but also big scorpions.

This beautiful Tsavorite was mined at 50 feet plus down in a “potato” gem pocket. It was taken to one of our field operators who bargained and purchased it. It was then brought the hundreds of kilometers to Nairobi to our offices, where it was cut by our master cutters into a stunning, flashing green faceted gemstone.

Gemstone Reports And Certification

This gemstone has several reports prepared for it by a GIA Gemologist and these reports are shipped with it.

Gemstone Grading Certificate

This certificate is a full and detailed grading report utilizing the Gemological Institute of America Grading system.

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Mining & Geology Report

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Gemstone Appraisal

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This report has been prepared by a GIA Gemologist at Lapigems Gem Company. All gemological tests were performed using current techniques and using current gemological equipment. The gemstone here reported is certified and this report, combined with the printed photo-certificate constitutes a thorough certification of this gemstone from mine to private owner.

Private Ownership Registration
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If you purchase this gemstone, full ownership registration and this history information will be stored in your account as a personalized Gem History & Ownership Report

Quality Report

Color - 4
Clarity - 4
Cut - 4
Rarity - 4

How are these quality allocations reached?

Color Clarity Cut Rarity

Gemstone Grading Report

The gemstone here described has been identified as a natural gemstone and has the following description :

Description : Faceted African Tsavorite
Weight : 4.3 carats
Shape : Cushion
GIA Color Grade : vslyG 6/5more info
GIA Clarity Grade : VVSmore info
Species : Grossularite Garnet
Variety : Tsavorite
Refractive Index : 1.743
Cause of Color : Vanadium
Specific Gravity : 3.61
Optic Character : SR
Crystal System : Cubic / Isometric
Treatments : None
Country of Origin : Kenya, East Africa

Mining Report

Date Mined : 21st November, 2018
Mining Location : Mkuki, Tsavo, Kenya
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Type of Source : Primary
Mining Method : Open Cast
Host Rock : Graphite Gneiss / Crystalline limestone
Chemical Composition of rough : Calcium Alluminium Silicate

Gemological Testing Methodology

Gemological Tests performed on this gemstone by a GIA Gemologist include but are not limited to:

Refractive Index, Specific Gravity, Pleochroism, Polariscope to ascertain Optic Character, Spectroscope to ascertain spectrum, Magnification with GIA Microscope using darkfield lighting, Chelsea Filter, Ultraviolet Flourescence.

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