How to choose? Although the Emerald and the Tsavorite are two green stones, choosing between the two is above all, a matter of taste. In addition to the choice of color, note that the tsavorite is a stone that has no or very few inclusions, unlike the emerald. However, the Tsavorite does not have the mystical aspect that emerald surrounds. The Emerald An intense green stone, the Emerald has always fascinated. Prized since Antiquity, the Emerald was made famous by Cleopatra who loved it. However, it was only with the discovery of the New World that the Emerald came into popularity in Europe. Many people have fallen under the spell of the Emerald, Charlemagne and Queen Elizabeth II were both fervent collectors, as well as Alexander the Great who wore a large Emerald on his belt. The Emerald is, with the diamond, the sapphire and the ruby, one of the four gems qualified as precious stones. Emerald is the most prestigious stone in the beryl family (* aquamarine is also part of the beryl family). Its magnificent green color comes from traces of chrome. Colombia is the largest world producer (60% of world production). Not only is Colombia a champion in quantity, but also in quality. Its Emeralds are generally purer than those from other sources. The Emerald is rare and one of the most expensive gemstones. Emeralds are delicate, more precisely, they have all types of inclusions: solid inclusions, gaseous inclusions and liquid inclusions. These very frequent presence of inclusions, gracefully called “frost” or poetically “garden”, are not necessarily a handicap, because they can attest to the origin of the stone; certain crystallographic originalities are highly sought after by collectors, including the six-pointed star, called the trapiche emerald. In addition to their fragility related to their inclusions, most Emeralds are treated with oils or resins, which is why it is not recommended to clean them using ultrasound techniques and steam machines. The Emerald supposedly brings peace, calm and harmony. A precious stone that is synonymous with hope. The Emerald, in my opinion, has a mysterious and magical side. One of my favorite Sunday afternoon films is: Romancing the Stone, released in 1984. And, being my mother’s favorite stone, this stone has definitely has special meaning to my eyes ! Tsavorite The Tsavorite was discovered in the 60s, more precisely in 1967. The Tsavorite was discovered in Tanzania. The Tsavorite is used in jewelry for its green color. The Tsavorite is part of the garnet family, it is the queen of garnets. It is a stone rich in chromium. Its name comes from Tsavo Park in Kenya. The largest exploitable deposits are in Kenya and Tanzania. They are also found in Quebec and Madagascar in small quantities and small sizes. In addition to being rare, it is also expensive. The main reasons for its success are: -Its color is one of those sought after, because it easily compares to a beautiful emerald-It is of great hardness; relatively to the emerald and it contains few inclusions-It is less expensive than the emerald with equivalent weight and colors-It does not require treatments to embellish it (heating, oiling, etc.). The so-called virtues of Tsavorite are only positive. They encourage gratitude, in addition to boosting confidence and courage. Little exercise: Can you tell which jewels are set with emeralds and which are set with tsavorites? Thanks to Mother Nature for giving us all these sublime wonders!! Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or to create your dream jewel!