>Natural alexandrites are available in a complete range of colors from brownish to bluish green in daylight to pink, purple, red or brownish red under incandescent light. Compared to natural stones, most synthetic alexandrites are somewhat more blue under fluorescent light and strongly red under incandescent light. Large clean and inexpensive stones offered as natural [...]
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>Tanzanian stones from Tunduru occur in a wide range of colors. Many of the stones appear to be a khaki or yellowish green in daylight moving to a brownish red under incandescent light. The deposit also produces some world class bluish green to purple red stones. Brazilian alexandrites are generally bluish green to blue/green in [...]
>The nature of the Alexandrite crystal and its unique trichoric phenomenon dictates the rough will be cut for purity, color change, and size. Stones are not cut to “calibrated” size, nor seldom is the rough wasted to cut stones over 5 mm round. Pearshape, princess, trillions, emerald-cut, or marquette shapes likewise are not the shape [...]
>As of May 2005, fine quality, nearly eye clean, 2-to-3 carat Brazilian stones were already commanding prices of $20,000 to $35,000 per carat. Although 30 to 40 carat Russian Alexandrites are known to exist, most are around 8 carat and you rarely see Siberian stones that have the right color and purity. These stones can [...]
>Alexandrite is rated “excellent” for everyday wear however one must still use caution and protect it from harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures and scratches. The best way to clean the stone is with mild dish soap and warm water, using a soft toothbrush.
> Birthstone: June (Alternate: Moonstone, Pearl) The name “Alexandrite” comes from the stones’ ostensible discovery on April 23, 1830, the day that young Russian Czar Alexander Nicolajevitch II (reigned 1855 to 1881) had his “comming of age” birthday. Alexandrite was discovered along the banks of the Tokovaya River in the Ural Mountains of Russia. This [...]
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