Alexandrite is a rare gemstone. Hence it is not common and many people have not even seen it. However, once a person has fallen in love with it, it becomes quite fascinating. The changes in the color depend upon the light source and it appears to have different colors in different lights and looks like a magical stone. It is supposed to bring luck to its wearer and to make him creative and inspired. It is also supposed to strengthen the wearerís intuition.

Color
Since it is red and green, the colors of the Russian Empire it became the countryís national gem. Alexandrites change their color and this is their most fascinating feature. They are able to change from green or bluish green in daylight to a soft shade of red, purplish red or raspberry red in the evening. This unique quality has made alexandrite one of the most valuable gemstone.

Value
Finely faceted alexandrites above one carat are among the most expensive gemstones in the world, rarer than even ruby, sapphire or emerald. The value of alexandrites depends upon their ability to change colors. More dramatic the change, more will it be its value. With the improved relationship with Russia and the world, more alexandrites from Russia have now appeared on the scene and people are becoming aware of this unusual gemstone.

Strength
Alexandrites are quite hard gemstones hence there is no problem while cutting them or using them in jewellery. They possess the strength of about 9 on the Mohr scale.

Historical Importance
It is named after the Russian Czar Alexander II (1818-1881). The very first crystals were discovered in April 1834 in the emerald mines near the Tokovaya River in the Ural Mountains. And it was discovered on the day Alexander II came of age hence it is named after him.

Uses
Beautiful alexandrite stone is very rare and hardly used in modern jewellery. Russian jewelers love it and you may come across alexandrites in antique Russian jewellery. Gemologist George Frederick Kunz was fascinated by alexandrite and Tiffany produced some rings and platinum sets at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. Some Victorian jewellery produced in England has alexandrites in them.



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