Fun Facts About June's Birthstone Alexandrite


Alexandrite is one of the most fascinating gemstones on earth. Let's learn more about it!

  • Alexandrite is a birthstone for June, along with pearl and moonstone. It is also the traditional gift for the 55th wedding anniversary.

 

  • The Alexandrite stone is a member of the chrysoberyl family, which also includes chrysoberyl, commonly known as cat's-eye.

 

  • Alexandrite was discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia sometime around 1833 and it was named in honor of Czar Alexander II.

 

  • When exposed to sunlight, Alexandrite jewelry appears bluish-green and reddish-purple under artificial light.

 

  • Alexandrite gems that show considerable color change from strong bluish-green to red command premium prices.

 

  • The color-change property of Alexandrite is due to traces of chromium. Chromium is also a trace ingredient in beryl emeralds, giving them their green hue.

 

  • Alexandrite is produced in parts of Africa, Brazil, and Sri Lanka.

 

  • Alexandrite gems from Brazil boast 100% color change and are therefore the most prized.

 

  • Natural alexandrite is rarer than diamonds and more costly than emerald, ruby and sapphire.

 

  • Any Alexandrite stone above three carats is highly uncommon. Smaller Alexandrite stones are easier to come by for commercial jewelers.

 

  • The price of real alexandrite varies according to the quality. Natural Alexandrite in excellent condition may cost more than $30,000 per carat.

 

  • The cost of Alexandrite is determined mostly by the hue's purity and the intensity of color change.

 

  • In addition to color changes, the alexandrite gem can exhibit chatoyancy or the cat's-eye effect in extremely rare cases. Chatoyancy or the cat's-eye effect is when a white line appears down the center of the stone and travels around as it moves beneath a light source.

 

  • The star variety of Alexandrite is extremely rare and found in India. It displays a 4-ray star that is due to hollow tubes within the stone.

 

  • Because of the intense color change in Alexandrite crystal, color-changing abilities in other gemstones have become known as the Alexandrite effect.

 

  • Lab-created color change sapphire was the first Alexandrite simulant and it was created in 1909.

 

  • Synthetic Alexandrite made of chrysoberyl has been around since the 1960s. It is a very costly process, so this type of synthetic Alexandrite is still very expensive.

 

  • The largest uncut gem-quality alexandrite specimen ever found is the Sauer Alexandrite that weighs 122,5400 carats. The Sauer Alexandrite was found in Bahia, Brazil, in 1967.

 

  • The Alexandrite crystal is robust, hard and long-lasting enough to be worn every day. This stone does not require any particular or unusual care, making it a low-maintenance gem. It comes in at 8.5 on the Mohs’ hardness scale.

 

  • Alexandrite jewelry is strongly associated with good fortune. In addition to this, Alexandrite enhances creativity and focus.