Tsavorite Alternate Birthstone for May A Variety of Grossular Garnet Tsavorite is a variety of green grossular garnet. It is one of the newest of the precious gemstones discovered in 1967. It occurs in shades of green ranging from spring-like pale green to intensely bluish green to deep forest green. Often compared to emerald, tsavorite is a superior choice in many ways. Tsavorite is not only more durable than emeralds, it is also more highly dispersive and refractive. Tsavorites are not treated with oils or resins as emeralds typically are.

 

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 St. Edward's Sapphire

This famous sapphire is set at the top of the British Imperial Crown which also features the Cullinan II Diamond, the Black Prince 's Ruby and the Stuart Sapphire.


St. Edward's Sapphire from the top of the Imperial State Crown. The four large drop-shaped pearls are said to have been the earrings of Elizabeth I

Even older than the  is the St. Edward 's Sapphire, originally set in the Coronation Ring of Edward the Confessor at his crowning in 1042. It remained with him in Westminister Abbey until 1101 when the ring was broken up and this and the other jewels removed.


The reverse of The Imperial State Crown shows the St Edward's Sapphire set in the cross on top of the crown, and the large Stuart Sapphire near the headband.

 



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