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Gemvara Blog » Introducing Alexandrite

Introducing Alexandrite

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Blog, Gems, Jewelry Stories | No Comments

Our newest gemstone, adding to the expansive collection at Gemvara, is Alexandrite.  This unique gemstone radiates a beautiful ocean green hue in bright sunlight, but in softer mood lighting shines in sultry red and purple tones.  This stunning gem can be found in the Ural Mountains of Russia and represents the 55th anniversary gem as well as the June birthstone.  Alexandrite was first discovered in the 1830s and named after Alexander II, the future Czar of Russia for his 16th birthday.  It was particularly popular in that time since the stone’s colors mimicked those of the Russian Imperial flag.  Because of it’s chemical composition, Alexandrite is extremely uncommon larger than 3 carats and very rare, in fact it is more precious than a diamond.  It is a variety of the stone chrysoberyl and the color change comes from iron, titanium, and chromium as impurities.

Alexandrite is a very hard stone (8.5) and thus perfect for everyday wear.  It is also known to be a good omen, a good luck amulet and strengthen the intuition of the bearer.  It can be easily cleaned with warm, soapy water.

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