Alexandrite is a variety of chrysoberyl, an aluminate of beryllium. Chrysoberyl is the third-hardest gemstone. It’s very rare.
The alexandrite effect is the color changing feature of these gems. Unlike the property of pleochroism that involves looking at the stone from different angles to see the color shift, the alexandrite effect depends on the ambient lighting to see the color shift. This property is the result of a small scale replacement of aluminium by chromium ions in the crystal structure. Alexandrite tends to be green, yellow, or pink by daylight and red by incandescent light.
Alexandrite is named after the Russian tsar, Alexander II (1818-1881). Popular legend says that is was discovered on Alexander II’s birthday in the Ural Mountains of Russia.
Alexandrite was first thought to be emerald due to the deep green color.
Poets have described this gem as “emerald by day and ruby by night”.
History and Lore
- George Frederick Kunz, the master gemologist at Tiffany & Co., created a series of alexandrite rings in the late 19th and early 20th century.
- Alexandrite can be found in England’s Victorian jewelry.
- Whitney Alexandrite: a 17.08-carat modified cushion cut gem from the Hematita Mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Magical and Mystical Properties include
- keeping internal organs running smoothly
- relieving to pancreatic disorders
- relieving swollen lymph nodes
- promoting tranquility
- promoting longevity
- promoting a positive psyche
- promoting inner happiness
- bringing good luck
- enhancing love spells
Discharging & Recharging
To recharge alexandrite, let warm water run over the stone, then place in the sun for a while. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)
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