June birthstone -Alexandrite is a rare variety of chrysoberyl, well-known for the fact that it’s a pleochroic stone, which means that it appears as a different color depending on its setting. In daylight, alexandrite appears greenish-blue to dark yellow-green, but in incandescent or candlelight, it looks pink to red.
Named after Russian Tzar Alexander II (1818-1881), this stone was only discovered in April 1834 in the emerald mines of Urals. Considering red and green are the principle colors of Imperial Russia, Alexandrite inevitably became the national stone of tsarist Russia. Since its initial discovery in Russia, alexandrite has also been found in Brazil, Burma, India, Madagascar, Rhodesia, Sri Lank, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Today however, most alexandrites come from Sri Lanka, Brazil, and East Africa. Alexandrites can also be grown in a lab.
Mystical Properties Of Alexandrite
Ecause of its recent discovery, alexandrite lacks the lore and symbolism many other gemstones have become famous for. It is thought to bring good luck, fortune and love to those who wear it, and owning the stone is considered to be a good omen. Alexandrite is believed to bring balance to the interaction between the separate physical and spiritual worlds. It is also said to strengthen intuition, creativity and imagination, as well as bringing joy to those with too much self-discipline.
Alexandrite is often worn as an amulet by businessmen. It is seen as a masculine stone, encouraging the ambition and cunning of businessmen, military leaders and rulers. Its dramatic color change reminds us all that not everything in life is as it seems.
It goes without saying that the most unique and important attribute of an alexandrite is its color. As a rule of thumb, the higher the saturation of a colored stone, the higher the value.
However, in terms of alexandrite, it’s not just the saturation, tone, or hue that affect the value. It is also the extent of the color change. The stronger the dual colors are, the more valuable the stone becomes.
How Does Color Affect the Value of Alexandrite?
To know how much your alexandrite is worth, consider these two factors: color change and color value.
A stone’s color may appear rich but may not change much. For example, a brownish green stone may change by only 50% to reddish brown. Alexandrite like this yield less value than that of a less saturated stone, say a medium green color that has a 100% color change to medium red.
The higher the percentage of change, the higher the value. The closer the colors are to pure green/pure red, the more valuable the stone becomes.
Pure greens/reds are more valuable since these can exhibit higher color contrast. The most valued stones would be the richly colored pure green/pure red pieces with 100% color change.
Due to its crystal structure and the geologic mechanisms that produce it, alexandrite tends to have few inclusions, or visible imperfections. Any presence of visible inclusions will dramatically lower the value of the stone. Clean examples with good color change and strong colors will always be the most valuable.
It’s critical to evaluate the clarity of alexandrite to ensure that there are no visible inclusions in the stone. Good quality alexandrite has few inclusions. Rarely, needle-like inclusions create a cat’s-eye. For alexandrite gems, clarity matters less than the effect of its color. What makes these stones valuable is their ability to change color.
So, an alexandrite that has a 100 percent change from green to red is more valuable than an eye clean piece with only slight color change. While clarity is important, it takes second place to color.
Alexandrite is most often available in mixed cuts. Its rarity means it is often cut to save weight. As with any gemstone exhibiting pleochroism, alexandrite poses a challenge to cutters. They have to ensure that both colors of the stone will appear face up when illuminated.
Alexandrite is typically cut into shapes known as mixed cuts. These contain brilliant cut crowns and step-cut pavilions.
For alexandrite with many flaws and inclusions, the cat’s eye cabochon makes for a good cut. This type of cut exhibits the alexandrite’s beautiful reflection of light coming from the cat’s eye effect.
Most cut gems weigh less than one carat. Larger, higher-quality gems rise in price dramatically.
Because alexandrite is very rare since there are only limited deposits in the world. The largest known Alexandrite originated in Sri Lanka and weighs about 65.7 carats. Most alexandrite on the market doesn’t weigh more than 1 carat.
How to Care for Your Alexandrite Ring
Caring for an alexandrite ring is pretty simple since it’s a hard stone. we recommends using a soft brush, like an old toothbrush, with mild soap and room temperature water.If you want a more in-depth clean, visit the jeweler you purchase the ring from. They will be able to steam, sonic clean, and even polish your ring. Consider this type of cleaning a ‘full detailing.’
Another way to clean it at home on your own is to put it in a bowl of water with a few drops of ordinary dish detergent, then rinse and dry with a soft cloth. Alexandrite is hard, but not as hard and durable as a diamond. Because of that, you should remove it before heavy cleaning, exercising, swimming, or encountering any chemical.
Alexandrite Engagement Ring Durability
Alexandrite ranks at a 1.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, the universally accepted scale of ranking gemstone and mineral durability. Alexandrite ranks just under sapphire and ruby which are a 9 on the scale, but it is still an excellent choice for an engagement ring. Any gemstone above a 7 generally will be hard to scratch, and makes a wise choice for jewelry intended for long term wear like an engagement ring.
If you love alexandrite, would like to create your own custom alexandrite engagement ring Please contact us.
lab created alexandrite
Alexandrite falls among the rarest and most valuable precious stones, and prices can be exorbitant for natural, high-quality stones. If, like most of us, you’re on a budget, a good alternative is a synthetic alexandrite.
While synthetic stones are artificially grown, they still contain the same chemical makeup and crystal structure as natural versions.
In other words, these are not FAKE stones. They are merely grown in a lab by humans. They are every bit as real as a mined alexandrite.
Synthetic alexandrite has the same atomic and optical properties of a natural alexandrite. Unless you're a certified gemologist with a powerful microscope, you won't be able to tell the difference between created and mined gemstones. Lab grown alexandrites may even look better than their natural counterparts! Synthetic gems are grown under laboratory conditions, computers control temperatures, while foreign materials found in the earth are eliminated from starting chemicals.
Tianyu gems Alexandrite Engagement Ring
This lab-grown alexandrite ring is a budget-friendly option that is still gorgeous to look at. The blue hue of alexandrite looks particularly stunning in a pear cut.Pear-shaped gemstone surrounded by round diamonds. It’s also available with a natural alexandrite stone by request.
This pink alexandrite looks very unique, it is wrapped in gold to become a pair of gold earrings, you want a sense of luxury and dignity, these alexandrite earrings are suitable. This kind of ring is the best choice for decoration, collection or wearing. Wearing this pair of earrings, the probability of going out with your boyfriend and passersby looking back at you can reach 100%.
A large heart-shaped alexandrite is used as the main stone, which is inlaid with four claws in the middle like a flower. It is gentle and extravagant, and everyone praises it.
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