Alexandrite was once described as ‘an emerald by day, a ruby by night’. This magical gemstone has the ability to change colour from green in daylight to red under candle light.
Alexandrite was first discovered in 1830 in the Ural mountains of Russia, and as the imperial colours of Russia were red and green, it instantly became a jewel for royalty. Alexandrite is usually found in small sizes – stones over three carats are very rare.
Where is alexandrite mined?
Alexandrite is currently being mined in Russia, Brazil, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.
Alexandrite is 8.5 on the Mohs scale.
Red, Green, Blue.
Birthstone and Anniversary Stone
Alexandrite is the birthstone for the month June. Alexandrite can also be given on the 55th wedding anniversary.