Flying Past 55

Jeffrey M. Bertman
Graduate Gemologist

Not only is the remarkable variety of chrysoberyl known as Alexandrite the birthstone for June, it is also used to celebrate 55th wedding anniversaries. It takes a lovely gemstone to mark such an important event, and Alexandrite certainly has a lot to recommend it. Most noticeable is Alexandrite’s ability to appear bright green in shorter-wavelength daylight while also having the ability to take on a rich red color in longerwavelength artificial light. These optical properties have earned it the reputation of being an “emerald by day and a ruby by night,” certainly good company in which to find itself. Aside from being remarkably beautiful, FLYING PAST 55! Alexandrite makes an excellent ring stone, with a hardness of 7.5 on the Mohs scale. Alexandrite is a truly remarkable gemstone. Depending on the light source, it can change from a beautiful teal to an alluring magenta. It is always a conversation starter.

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