The Gemstone that Changes Color

By: Jeffrey M. Bertman Graduate GemologistAlexandrite, the June birthstone, is a most unusual variety of the chrysoberyl mineral that can change its color. In daylight, Alexandrite is green or bluish-green. When observed under incandescent light at night, this remarkable gemstone changes to raspberry red or purplish-red. From a historical standpoint, this variety of chrysoberyl was discovered in Russia (where the national colors happened to be red and green) in 1831 on the birthday in which Tsar Alexander II legally became an adult, hence the name. However, you have to be neither Russian nor of royal heritage to enjoy this very rare and very valuable gemstone. It is the perfect choice for the woman who favors jewelry with unique attributes.There is mysterious magic and lore credited to the Alexandrite and is considered to be a stone that has a good omen and believed to aid creativity and inspire the imagination. Because it is scarce, especially in larger sizes, alexandrite is a relatively expensive member of the chrysoberyl family. It is the June birthstone along with the cultured pearl and moonstone. Shop from our large selection of quality gold and brilliant birthstone or diamond jewelry at 1402 Hancock Street, Quincy Center. Or reach us at 617-773-3636


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