Find out what Alexandrite is and how its color-changing properties make it a one of a kind stone.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Natural Alexandrite
What is Alexandrite?•Alexandrite is a gem named forCzar Alexander II.•It was first discovered in the UralMountains of Russia in 1930.
What is Alexandrite?•Alexandrite is rare.•It is much loved for its peculiarqualities.
What Color is Alexandrite?•The gem can change fromemerald green to ruby red.•It is known to change coloraccording the light source.
What to Expect with Alexandrite•Very few natural stones of gem quality arefound each year.•The small sources mean thatmost of these gems are placed inAlexandrite rings.
Changing Alexandrite•Depending on multiple factors, Alexandritewill have a color change between 0% and100%.•These colors can range betweenbrowns and reds to greens andblues.
The Cost of Alexandrite•Obviously, because of its rarity, Alexandritecan be expensive.•Alexandrite gems of exceptional quality sellfor over $20,000 per carat.
Synthetic Alexandrite•Because it’s so rare, synthetic forms ofAlexandrite have been created.•These do not have the same colorchanging properties as naturalalexandrite.
Seeking Large Stones?•The largest Alexandrite stone everfound was 74.4 carats!•Large gems are hard to findthough, and those that are set innatural Alexandrite jewelry don’tcome cheap.
One of a Kind•Alexandrite is a form ofchrysoberyl, which doesn’t alwayschange colors.•That’s why it’s more of aphenomenon than a gem, which iswhat makes it a one of a kindstone.