Alexandrite is a special color changing variety of the mineral Chrysoberyl that radiates different colors in different lights. It is a rare gemstone and is highly valuable for its morpheus quality. Alexandrite was first discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia during the 1800’s and was named after the former czar of Russia, Alexander II. Eventually the Russian deposits of Alexandrite exhausted. Small deposits were then found in Sri Lanka (Ceylon), and until the 1980's these were the only two sources of this rare gemstone. Since then newer deposits of the gemstone have been discovered in Brazil, Tanzania, Madagascar, India, Australia and Myanmar, with Brazil being the most significant.
Quality And Appearance
Alexandrite is a beryllium and aluminum oxide and it belongs to the oxide class of minerals. It is a rare and exquisite gemstone and is most often faceted into round and cushion cuts that can bring out the best of its color and lustre. The unique color changing attribute of Alexandrite is due to slight impurities of the element chromium. The most preferred colors of Alexandrite are those that show a clear and visible pure hue color change, such as a pure green/blue in daylight to a pure red in incandescent light. The modern June birthstone is so rare and expensive that only a few people have seen a natural alexandrite.
According to popular beliefs, Alexandrite is known to possess several physical benefits some of which are: balancing your nervous and glandular system, regeneration of neurological tissues and treatment of leukemia. Apart from their physical benefits, Alexandrites have a positive effects on your emotional well-being as well as promoting self-esteem and the ability to be appreciative of the world around you. It helps attain emotional maturity and encourages its wearer to find joy and satisfaction in every scenario of life. It enhances feelings of creativity and is particularly useful for Chakra activation and massage involving the heart thereby assisting its wearer in controlling any worry or fear along with providing inner peace and calmness your the mind.
Since its discovery, the stone has been believed to bring good luck and prosperity and is thus highly recommended by our experts to help bring wealth and fame into the wearer’s life. Feeling desperate or sad? Hold an Alexandrite and provide yourself the hope and encouragement to cope up with the situation positively and clearly. Wear the Alexandrite to harness its physical benefits and prevent the occurrence of diseases of the pancreas and spleen. We at Gempro highly suggest Alexandrite for artists as it can help strengthen intuition, boost creativity and unleash imagination.
Alexandrite Buying Guide: The gems is generally found in sizes less than 5 carats and sizes over 5 carats are considered large and are of higher prices. Alexandrites generally have very few inclusions and sometimes a needle like inclusion appears as a cat’s eye thereby increasing the gemstone’s value. In sizes up to one carat, high quality natural gems can sell for up to $15,000 per carat. Over one carat, the prices range from $50,000 to $70,000 per carat.
The gemstone displays multiple colors because of the different ways in which it absorbs and reflects light. In other words, it can be paired with any outfit. The eye-catching colors of Alexandrite make it suitable for use as bracelets, necklaces, rings and charms. Pair your favorite spring/summer outfit with an Alexandrite pendant and let its gorgeous blue-green color dazzle everyone with its shine. Add a subtle yet bold touch to your look with an Alexandrite ring or wear them as earrings to enhance any outfit. The ‘red’ Alexandrite will go best with clothes of black, white, silver and pink coors, giving you bold and a rich look. Whereas the ‘green’ Alexandrite can be paired with any purple, red, orange or nude colored outfit and create a fresh and impressive look.
The Alexandrite is a color changing Chrysoberyl and is one of the most rarest and expensive gems in the world. Although quite hard to acquire, it makes an excellent jewelry stone and is believed to possess qualities that can improve our physical and mental being. We highly recommend the use of the stone in the form of pendants, rings, charms and more because of its rarity, high value and magnificent properties.
Alexandrite is the birthstone for the month of June and the Anniversary stone for the 55th year of marriage. It is also considered as Friday’s stone, or the stone of “Friday's Child’”.
Alexandrite Gemstone Specifications
- Species: Chrysoberyl Orchids
- Alternate Names: Diaphanite
- Colors: Pale Pinks to Deep Lavenders
- Hardness: 7
- Month: June
- Zodiac: Gemini
- Element: Air
- Property: Creativity and Self-Love