Friday, 20 November 2015
The next gemstone we will be looking at is Alexandrite. Alexandrite is the very rare colour change of the mineral chrysoberyl. It is known for it's colour variety and display of vivid hues.
Alexandrite was first discovered in the1830s in Russia's Ural Mountains. It was named after Alexander II, the young heir apparent to the throne of Russia. The alexandrite gem's red and green colours mirrored the national military colours of imperial Russia and this caught the attention of the country.
The alexandrite deposit in the Ural mountains did not last long but most of the modern gem deposits now comes from Sri Lanka, East Africa and Brazil. Although these alexandrites are not as unique as those found in the Ural mountains but they are fine quality stones that displays less-precise colour change and muddier hues.
Along with Pearl and Moonstone, alexandrite is considered as the bithstone for the month of June. It is also the 55th wedding anniversary gem.