Alexandrite is a beautiful, rare gem stone that changes color from red to green. It is very difficult to find natural alexandrite gemstones. Most Alexandrites on the market are synthetic. Alexandrite rings are very beautiful. When wearing an alexandrite ring, the wearer can easily watch the stone change color under different lights.
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Alexandrite Gem Stone Facts
Alexandrite changes color from green to red, mauve or brown in incadescent light. The greater the change in color (especially if there is no brown), the more valuable the alexandrite is. Look for a quality stone that is well cut with clarity. Alexandrite has a hardness rating of 8.5.
Protect alexandrite from scratches, sharp blows, harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures. Be especially careful when getting this stone (re)mounted as the heat from a jewelers torch may affect its color change.
There are many many synthetic alexandrites on the market. Natural alexandrite is very rare. If you are being told you are buying a genuine high quality alexandrite, ask for a gem identification report or certificate of authenticity (perferably from AGL or GIA). As large clean stones are very rare, if the stone has no inclusions, that would be a huge warning sign that the stone is likely lab created or synthetic.
Alexandrite is found in Brazil, Madagascar, Myanmar, Russia, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
The biggest alexandrite crystal cluster was mined in Russia and weighed 5724 grams. It was discovered in 1840. However, any high quality cut alexandrite gem larger than 5 carats is be extremely rare. (Note: 5 carats equals 1 gram.)
Birthstone Months with Alexandrite
- June Birthstone: Traditional Birthstone
Alexandrite is the anniversary gemstone for the 45th and 55th year of marriage.
Alexandrite Themed Books
Actual Gem-related books:
- Gem Identification Made Easy: A Hands-On Guide to More Confident Buying & Selling New 3rd Edition - by Antoinette L. Matlins & Antonio C. Bonanno
This book is really great for knowing he latest gems, synthetics, treatments, and instruments. Easy to use.
- Gemstone Buying Guide: A Guide to Buying - by Renee Newman
Very nice gemstone identification book.
- Gemstones of the World - by Walter Schumann
A very well written source on gemstones with great descriptions and photographs
- The Curious Lore of Precious Stones - by George Frederick Kunz
The definitive book on fascinating, traditional gem lore. Very practical.
- Gemstones (Smithsonian Handbooks) - by Cally Hall, Harry Taylor (Photographer)
A field guide to gemstones. Nice pictures and good, brief, well-written descriptions of over 130 varieties of gemstones.
- Love Is in the Earth: A Kaleidoscope of Crystals - by A. Melody
A comprehensive book on gemstones and their properties.
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Alexandrite Mystical Properties and Lore
Alexandrite can assist one in centering the self, reinforcing
self-esteem, and augmenting ones ability to experience joy.
Alexandrite was discovered in 1831 and is named after Alexander II of Russia.
Alexandrite is looked upon as a good omen in Russia.
What was Alexander the Great's favorite jewel?