Chemical Forumla: (Ca3Cr2Si3O12)
Uvarovite belongs to the garnet group of minerals, and is the rarest of all the gem garnets.Its brilliant green color comes from chromium, which is known to have an inhibiting effect on crystal growth and speculated to be the cause of the mineral’s small crystals. Uvarovite is found in chromium-bearing igneous and metamorphic rocks. Some of the largest crystals come from Outokumpu, Finland, and may also be found in Russia’s Ural Mountains, the Bushveld Complex in South Africa, in California, and in Poland.
Uvarovite was named in 1832 for the Russian nobleman Count Uvarov.
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