Charging wild buffalo leads Scottish geologist to incredibly rare gem
Tsavorite is 200 times rarer than emeralds & 1,000 times rarer than diamonds
The year was 1967. The Scottish gemologist was simply out for a stroll. But in the remote, lion infested bush-land along the Kenya-Tanzania border, you need to be on your toes or you’ll end up on your backside. Which is exactly what happened to Campbell Bridges, when he barely avoided a head on collision with a wild African buffalo by diving into a gully.
But this close encounter with nature resulted in a magnificent discovery. For while dusting off his field hat, he noticed something sparkling in the sunlight. A closer inspection revealed gorgeous, emerald green stones unlike any he’d ever seen. By avoiding calamity, he accidentally discovered tsavorite–– one of the oldest gemstones on earth, forming two billion years ago, predating even the dinosaurs.
Harry Platt of Tiffany & Company immediately recognized its potential due to its gemological pedigree and named it after the Tsavo Game Reserve in Kenya, the area of its discovery–– and the only place on earth this rare green garnet can be found.
We’ve arranged marquise-cut tsavorite gems into a sunburst of rare, green beauty. Set in sterling silver and finished in rhodium–– the world’s most valuable precious metal–– these earrings are a must-have. And, while tsavorite’s discovery may have been an accident, we assure the low price of these earrings are not.
- 2 2/3ctw
- Rhodium-Finished .925 Sterling Silver setting
- (6) Marquise 5mm X 2.5mmTsavorite
- (20) Marquise 4mm X 2mm Tsavorite
- 15mm width
- 17mm drop
- 2 gram each
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