Origin and Supply of Alexandrite
Facts About Alexandrite
- It exudes different colours in artificial and natural light
- The rarest specimens of colour-change alexandrite have either yellow-green or plain green colour.
- Most large-scale alexandrite gemstones are found in antique Russian period pieces from the Victorian era.
- Largest known faceted alexandrite weighs 66-carat that is displayed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC
- This stone is extremely hard with 8.5 ratings on the Moh’s scale
Properties of Alexandrite
1. Colour: Alexandrite displays some of the most dramatic colour properties found in natural gems. An original alexandrite radiates the colour tones of both Emerald and Ruby in different lighting conditions. This gem comes with a strong pleochroism that means it displays different colours when viewed from different angles. It shifts its colour from emerald green to red and orange-yellow colours. It usually changes colour more dramatically in artificial light than in daylight. Colour change effect happens due to the strong absorption of light in the stone's yellow and blue portions.
2. Cut: The colour-changing property of Alexandrite makes it a very challenging task to cut it. Its perfect cut is the one that displays a striking colour change through the crown. Other commonly available shapes are round, oval, triangle, and more.
3. Clarity: You can find a different specimen of this stone with a different type of clarity they give. Alexandrite with higher clarity and the intense colour change is of greater value. Sometimes, you will find that this gemstone also has long and thin inclusions that create cat's eye phenomenon. This cat's eye phenomenon makes the stone more valuable.
3. Carat: Alexandrite is such gemstone that is found in a petite size. Alexandrite worth five carats were traditionally found only in the Ural Mountains. Gems up to three carats are scarce. Price of this stone rises with the size of the gemstone.
Frequently Asked Questions About Alexandrite
Alexandrite gemstone does not usually undergo any treatment.
This stone with magical colour changing effect makes it a perfect stone to wear during the daytime event or an evening occasion. This stone works can be embellished to jewellery like rings, earrings, necklaces, pendants, and bracelets. It is also a popular choice for engagement rings because of its long-lasting nature, uniqueness, a magnificent play of colours, and rarity.
Wash alexandrite jewellery in a solution of mild dish soap and lukewarm water. Using a soft brush to wipe off dust and fingerprints. You need to rinse it with fresh and cool water and dry with a soft and bubble-free cloth. You can also use ultrasonic and steam cleaners as they are usually safe for this gem. You must store this gem in a fabric-lined box or wrap it in a soft cloth.
This stone ranks 8.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. With an excellent toughness and no cleavage, this stone can be treasured for generations as it is stable under normal conditions.
Alexandrite is a birthstone for June, along with pearl and moonstone. Alexandrite is also considered to be the gem for the 55th wedding anniversary.
Alexandrite is of higher price equivalent to gemstones like sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and diamonds, or even more than them. Alexandrite from Russia is of highest price if its origin is verified. It is rare to find alexandrite worth 0.25 cts. Superior quality alexandrite, above five or six carats, is extremely rare.
again have similar chemical nature and behaviour as any Apatite. An Apatite as a gem is rare to find.