Alexandrite

Alexandrite



Alexandrite

Arrest your attention with this chameleon gemstone that boasts the colors of nobility. Marrying two, bold colors in perfect harmony, Alexandrite's get their name from the Tsar of Russia, Alexander the Ⅱ. Discovered in the 1830’s in Russia, Alexandrite's are often referred to as the Emerald by day and a Ruby by night thanks to its dramatic color change. An opulent splurge that absorbs light in a precise manner, alexandrite's have been as a popular choice in jewelry since the Victorian Era when the gem was discovered.



Color: Bluish greens, greens, reds, oranges, browns, purples and pinks.
Finger:

Worn as a ring, with the gemstone touching the body

Neck: Worn as a pendant, with the gemstone touching the body
Metal: White gold, Yellow gold and silver make a great combination for the Alexandrite.
Zodiac Sign: Cancer (Western)

Multilayered and fiesty Alexandrite's have been declared as the birthstone for June and are an ideal gemstone to celebrate one’s 55th wedding Anniversary. With a color combination that sets itself apart, these gemstones are a rare find and must be treasured in every way.

A popular choice in period jewelry these color-changing, ethereal gemstones have through history brought luck and fortune. In Russia, the alexandrite is considered a good omen bringing love to its wearer. 


  • Linked to the crown chakra, alexandrite's offer improvement in intuition

  • Boosts creativity and imagination

  • Encourages romance 

  • Gives clarity, thereby boosting success 

  • Offers individuals a sense of purpose 

A good quality alexandrite sets the tone for its price, demand and in turn its beauty. The alexandrite is one with voluminous appeal and narrowing down on a good quality gem is everything. Here are a couple of points to keep in mind:


Color The color of the alexandrite is of paramount importance. From a green, bluish green in daylight equivalent light to a purplish, brownish red in incandescent light, color gives this gemstone its charm. Although rare, a fine gem is considered to be one that shows a good color change and a clear distinction between colors. Popular colors seen in alexandrite's today are olive greens that evolve in warm light to a more reddish brown.


Did You Know 


The color change we see in an alexandrite is because of the way chromium atoms are absorbed and translated by our eyes. 


Clarity Alexandrite's as with other natural gemstones contain internal distinguishing features, however gems that boast better qualities remain free from eye-visible features and have excellent transparency. Cloudy appearances filled with needles and tubes although drop the appeal of the gem, can occasionally also give rise to the incredibly rare and unique cat’s eye alexandrite. 


Cut Often faceted as rounds or cushions to bring out the best visual appearance the gemstone has to offer, the cut of an alexandrite is key. Artisans cut gems with skill allowing for a vivid color change to be seen in the crown (or the top portion of the gem). Gems with more included appearances often get cut as cabochons occasionally revealing the rare cat’s eye effect when fashioned with foresight.


Carat Weight A gemstone that was first mined in Russia, Alexandrite's mined from different regions around the world seldom come in sizes above 3 carats. Gems that have been mined, cut and polished and weigh above 5 carats, with an excellent transformation of color sell for premiums because of their desirability. 


Synthetics : Classic with edgy style, the alexandrite has been recreated prevalently by man through the flame fusion technique to match demand. Easily distinguished by a trained professional, internal inclusions can give away the origins of the gemstone. It is thus important to insist on certification when buying a natural alexandrite, or natural alexandrite jewelry. Invest in gemstones from a trusted source with a history in selling gemstones.


Elegance and sophistication beam from the alexandrite making it an absolute choice for everyday jewelry. From fresh emerald greens in daylight that transforms almost instantly to  sensual ruby reds, color change is everything in an alexandrite. A gem that offers the wearer the advantage of dual colors, these illuminating gems have excellent durability at 8.5 on the scale of hardness. With an aura that is hard to match, alexandrite studded jewelry always has heads turning.

Geographic location can play a significant role in the natural appearance of a gem. As with the alexandrite, gems from the Russian, Ural Mountain region have always proved to have unmatched colors, with a phenomenal color change. For a region that does not produce any gems today, Russian gems on the market tend to sell for premiums. Brazil has been noted to produce gems with a paler blue green, although unmatched compared to other locations. Alexandrite's are also mined in Sri lanka but like East African gems, these show more pronounced olive greens and brownish reds. A noteworthy source has got to be Zimbabwe. Gems from this region reveal emerald greens and rich reds but occasionally reach only upto a carat in size.

Understanding the price of an alexandrite one must understand how clarity, carat weight and certification go hand in hand if the color of the gemstone sparkles with sophistication. Each gem must put on display the best visible color as seen from the table of the gem. Natural alexandrite's range in price from 1 Lakh To 5 Lakh A carat.

Caring for your natural Alexandrite is imperative. Gemstones over time tend to attract dirt and grime and need an occasion bath. 

 

A safe way to clean your alexandrite jewelry is:

  • Place gemstone studded jewelry in a bowl of warm soapy water, away from a basin

  • In the bowl scrub the piece lightly with an old, soft bristled toothbrush

  • In the bowl, rinse with clean water 

  • Wipe dry

 

Bowl is to catch gemstones that might come out of their setting, but can be returned to the jeweler to be reset. 

 

Do not use any harsh chemicals, light hand soap will work


Occasionally gems are fracture filled and must be checked with the seller at the time of purchase. 


Jewelry pieces set with enamel and kundan work should never be washed or put into an ultrasonic machine.

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