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Alexandrite

The very first crystals of Alexandrite were discovered in April 1834 in the emerald mines near the Tokovaya River in the Urals. This discovery was made the day the future tsar came of age, hence it was named for the Russian tsar Alexander II (1818-1881). This gem actually changes color from green in daylight to red in incandescent light.

 

In 1987, a new Alexandrite was discovered in Brazil. The Hematita Alexandrite changes from raspberry red to bluish green.

 

Though it is a beautiful and top quality gem, Alexandrite is very rare and hardly ever used in modern jewelry.

 

It’s been said that this jewel can assist one in centering the self, reinforcing self-esteem, and enhancing ones ability to experience joy. Alexandrite is the birthstone for the month of June and is also the symbolic gemstone for the 55th wedding anniversary.

 

Protect alexandrite from scratches, sharp blows, harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures. Be especially careful when getting this stone remounted as the heat from a jewelers torch may affect its color change.