Alexandrite

History

Discovered in Russia in the early 1800s, Alexandrite is named after Tsar Alexander II. This rare and unique and gemstone is prized for its chameleon‐like qualities and stunning colors, which appear to change in response to the light.

Color

Alexandrite transforms from greenish blue in sunlight/daylight, to reddish purple in artificial light. The more noticeable the change in color, the more valuable the gemstone is.

Gem Family

Alexandrite is a variety of chrysoberyl.

Hardness

Alexandrite has a Mohs hardness rating of 8.0‐8.5, making it a very durable and trouble‐free gemstone.

Treatments

Alexandrite is usually not treated.

Birthstone

Alexandrite is one of the modern birthstones for the month of June.

Care

Clean your alexandrite jewelry using warm soapy water and dry with a soft, lint‐free cloth. You may use a steam or ultrasonic cleaner if your stone doesn't have any significant fractures. Always store your alexandrite jewelry separately, so as to not scratch or chip any other pieces in your collection.