Alexandrite is an amazing gemstone that displays a stunning colour change phenomenon, appearing green in natural daylight and red under candlelight. The colour change in the highest quality Alexandrite is so extreme that it has been called ‘Emerald by day, Ruby by night’.
Alexandrite was first discovered in the Emerald mines of the Ural mountains, Russia, in the early 17th century. It was named after Czar Alexander II. Deposits have since been found in Brazil and India with Brazilian Alexandrite being the preferred source. Alexandrite is super rare in sizes above 1 carat and top stones command prices comparable and sometimes exceeding other, better known precious stones.
With a hardness rating of 8.5, it is perfect for everyday wear in rings and other pieces which are often put ‘in harm’s way’, and will be a conversation starter on any occasion.