Mysteries of Alexandrite Stone
Mysteries of Alexandrite
Alexandrite is the birthstone for June month. It is also known as the Anniversary stone for the 55th year of marriage. It is also famous as a Friday’s stone or the stone of “Friday’s Child”. It is an extremely rarest gemstone and was first discovered in the 19th century. The name Alexandrite comes from the events when gemstone was first discovered in the emerald mines near the Tokovaya River in Russia’s Ural Mountain in 1830. It was on the day of Prince Alexander II of Russia’s birthday.
While Alexandrite is found in the jewelry salons of St. Petersburg, Russia and Paris, France it was generally America’s Tiffany Company that got the most popular gem. George Kunz, Tiffany’s master gem buyer, fell in love with the gem and traveled to Russia in search of it.
Physical Properties and Science of Alexandrite
Alexandrite belongs to the variety of mineral chrysoberyl. It is different from the other gemstone such as cat’s eye due to the presence of not only iron and titanium but also chromium as a major impurity. These combinations of elements make this gemstone unique with yellowish green to brownish green in color. The most valued shades of alexandrite are the green and can be described as “emerald grass, splendid or elegant” and the red shade as “ruby, columbine, garnet, and raspberry”. The more opaque color the gm is the more expensive it is.
The main characteristics of Alexandrite are its ability to change the color if exposed to a light source rich in red rays. This characteristic is called as Pleochroism. In such light, such as candlelight, or artificial light, the stone turns red or reddish. These most sought color changes are the most desirable as if you were watching a traffic light change color. Usually, there is a presence of color which seems like color bleed through from one color to the other, or there is too much impurity to start with to permit such drastic color.
Alexandrite is usually found in small sizes rather than complete five carats. The sizes over five carats are considered large and definitely gets a higher price than other smaller stones. The average weight of Alexandrite around the world is up to 60 carats each. These are darker stones is a highly durable stone. It is harder than the diamond on the Mohs’ scale and is one of the rarest gemstone present in the world.
The rare feature of Alexandrite makes it a unique gemstone. If you wish to buy Alexandrite stone online in India, USA, and UK, you can visit the e-store of astrokapoor. We’re the leaders in the gemstone industry and all our gemstones are certified from reputed gem lab. There are many gemstone sellers, who may provide alexandrite according to their belief, but it has to be considered that this is the rarest gemstone so proper investigation before buying gem is essential or you may end up buying fake alexandrite gemstone.