This tiny Edwardian era charm dates from around 1900-1910 and is made with silver on 9 karat gold with 9 karat gold bale (not hallmarked hence tested). It would have been a part of a jewellery piece no longer in existence and set at some point with a lovely green Tsavorite garnet. Tsavorite garnets were not mined until 1967. They were first discovered in Tsavo National Park in Kenya.
Tsavorite colour is rich and deep green, similar to emerald but brighter and with more transparency and brilliance. It is thought to be infinitely rarer than emerald, so rare in fact that they may become extinct in not too long a future while large gems are almost unheard of.
So our precious little Tsavorite charm is as pretty as it is rare and looks beautiful in his Edwardian setting. The garnet measures 5.13 by 4.05 mm and is estimated to weigh 0.60 carats. It has a couple of internal flaws which you can see at the back of the gem in magnification in our photos. This is typical and usual of garnets and does not show when you examine the stone from the front. The charm measures 12.68. x 4.91 mm including the bale. It weighs a dainty 0.3 grams and is in very good antique condition.
We love .... the wonderful green of this rare gem. It is so precious and rare ! A tiny treasure indeed !!
* Please note that other jewellery featured in the photos is for inspiration only and not included in this listing.*
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Edwardian Silver On Gold Green Tsavorite Garnet Set Charm Dangler Pendant
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