Alexandrite – The Magic of Change

Alexandrite is one of the most amazing and rare gemstones ever discovered. It changes colors in different lighting, from hues of greens and blues in daylight to reds and purples in incandescent light. Alexandrite was discovered in April of 1834 in the Ural Mountains of Russia. It was named after Tsar Alexander II since it was discovered around the time of the future Tsar’s coming of age. Since red and green were the colors of Imperial Russia it quickly became the national stone of Russia, worn by royalty and nobility.

Fine alexandrite from Russia is very rare and only found in older estate pieces. In 1987 a new find of Alexandrite was discovered in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Although there are other areas where Alexandrite has been found, the new Brazilian source for alexandrite produces the finest gems seen since the 19th century. The most important factor in determining the value of an Alexandrite is the color change: the more dramatic the shift, the higher the value.

Alexandrite is a stone for connoisseurs and collectors but its story, connecting the mountains of Russia and the rainforest of Brazil, makes it an even more valuable treasure.

Alexandrite as seen in daylight has more blue to green hues. Photo by Geoffrey Watt

Alexandrite as seen in incandescent light has more red to purple hues. Photo by Geoffrey Watt

Alexandrite in its rough state.

A stunning 5.16 oval cut alexandrite displaying a rainbow of hues. 

Brazilian alexandrites were first discovered near Hematita in the Minas Gerais State of Brazil during 1987 and quickly gained high international acclaim for the outstanding degree of color change exhibited by these extraordinary gems. Since the time of the original finds, the production of top-quality material has been small and sporadic. Brazilian alexandrites are known for their combination of high clarity and exceptional color change effect under any light source.

Check out some of these rare pictures from the Alexandrite mine in Brazil:

Overlooking the Alexandrite mine near Hematita, Brazil. 

Layers of dirt are taken off the surface until the rough Alexandrite is reached.

Once back at the workshop, rough Alexandrite is painstakenly sorted and graded piece-by-piece.

Call or email us for Alexandrite availability or with any questions you have about this amazing stone.

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One Response to Alexandrite – The Magic of Change

  1. Dear Madam / Sir,

    I am interested in buying a rough Alexandrite which is approximately 5.00 Ct with a distinct changing of color. This is somewhat like the picture on your Blog:

    If you own this kind of stones, please send me a picture of each one corresponding to the discribtion above. It’s important to see each one on the natural light and condescente light. With the price of each one, included shipping for France and tax.

    Thank you.
    Kind regards,

    J. B.