Natural alexandrite !
Many people have never seen an alexandrite gem in person. This rare gem is found in only a handful of places around the world and is one of the only stones that changes color when exposed to different light.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Natural Alexandrite !Alexandrite was named for Czar Alexander II since the gem was originally found in the UralMountains of Russia in 1830. It’s exceedingly rare, and famous for changing color dependingon the light source. The gem can change from emerald green in daylight to ruby red incandlelight. The official birthstone for June, few people have seen a natural Alexandrite inperson.Gem CharacteristicsNatural alexandrite is still found in the Ural Mountains today, but only a few carats are foundeach year, and these tend to by heavily included, as they are cut from the tailings from theoriginal mines. There are a handful of other sites in Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Myanmar, andBrazil as well, but they still produce very few quality stones compared to other gems likeSapphire and Ruby. Because the gem is so hard to find, most alexandrite jewelry is fairly small.Alexandrite rings are gorgeous, and their beauty and worth is affected primarily by the color andcolor change in the gem, as well as clarity and cut to a lesser extent. On the lowest end of thespectrum are yellow/brown Alexandrite with little or no color change. There is a lot of thismaterial on the market, generally priced quite low. Alexandrite displaying the classic colorchange from green to red is the most sought after, and the richer the color saturation and colorchange are, the more rare and expensive they become.PricingOf course there is also synthetic alexandrite jewelry on the market. In fact, the synthetic gemshave been around almost as long as the real gems. However, no synthetic product can evermatch the beauty and character of natural alexandrite. The largest stone ever found weighed74.4 carats, but it was a yellow/green stone, not a top quality red/green gem. A top qualityred/green gem can command over $20,000 per carat, and though most stones are smaller than1 carat, a few exceptional gems over 2 carats are found each year.AvailabilityThough you might be willing to pay for a larger stone, you might have difficulty finding one.Natural alexandrite will never be a mass produced item because the gem is just too rare.Alexandrite is a form of chrysoberyl, and it’s extremely rare for chrysoberyl to change color in
different light. So rare in fact, it’s not technically considered a characteristic of the gem at all, justa rare oddity that happens once in a while, which is one reason why alexandrite is so popular.It’s literally a one of a kind gem.About Alaska JewelryChris and Tamara Fondell have owned Alaska Jewelry since 1990 and have operated onlinesince 2000. The locally-owned jewelry store specializes in bringing gorgeous, natural gems andmetals from Sitka Alaska right to your home. They ship throughout the US and eveninternationally. They carry common and rare stones alike, such as the alexandrite gem. AlaskaJewelry also creates customized jewelry in addition to carrying a large stock of designer jewelrylines.