Where does alexandrite come from?
First found in the Ural Mountains in Russia, alexandrite is now also found in Brazil, Burma, Tasmania and Zimbabwe.
Alexandrite was first found in 1830 on the birthday of Russian Czar Alexander II. The day he was ruling age was the day the stone was found, hence the name. The gemstone was looked upon as a good omen for Russia since the green and red colors are also that of the Russian Military.
The most fascinating characteristic of alexandrite is its capability to change color. The more the stone changes color dramatically, the more valuable it is. Alexandrite is often green in broad daylight and then in artificial light it glows red, sometimes purplish-red and even purple-grey. The stone not only contains iron and titanium, but it also contains chrome, which is the very element that allows for such spectacular color change.
How to take care of alexandrite
As with any colored gemstone jewelry, it is advisable to remove the jewelry before engaging in any activity that may harm the stone.
Why do people choose alexandrite?
Alexandrite shares the symbolic birthstone of June with pearl. It is also the traditional gift for people who are celebrating their 45th and 55th wedding anniversaries. Alexandrite is also thought to assist in reinforcing ones self esteem and broadening the experience of joy.
Alexandrite is usually safe in ultrasonics and steam cleaners. It can withstand some heat and it has no chemical reactions.
Mohs Hardness Scale: 8.5
Specific Gravity: 3.73