The Alexandrite – emerald green by day and ruby red by night
changing, it offers an exciting color spectrum. This special feature makes alexandrite
extremely popular as a piece of jewellery – at PLACEOFGEMS we are happy to fulfil your
individual wish and create a very special alexandrite piece of jewellery for you personally.
The alexandrite effect – a pronounced play of colours in daylight and artificial light
a different color depending on the lighting. While it shows emerald green to bluish green in natural daylight, this changes in artificial light or candlelight.
Alexandrite and its origin
types of rocks occur together, containing aluminum, beryllium and chromium. This was very
rarely the case, which is why there are so few alexandrites today.
Alexandrite and its other characteristics
Alexandrite is a variety of chrysoberyl, which is considered the third hardest mineral with a Mohs hardness of 8.5. Many alexandrite gemstones have inclusions, which, however, do not mean a reduction in value. On the contrary, they are rather proof that it is a unique natural product. Nevertheless, alexandrite gemstones that are as transparent and translucent as possible are in demand.
The Alexandrite Cat's Eye
A special feature are alexandrite cat’s eyes, which are mainly found in Tanzania. Here you
can see a continuously bright shimmering stripe on the surface. This optical phenomenon got its name from the fact that such an alexandrite is reminiscent of the slit-like eye of a cat sparkling in the dark.
PLACEOFGEMS and the large alexandrite selection
On April 23, 1830, the very day on which the future Tsar Alexander II came of age.
It was named after Tsar Alexander II.
Variety of chrysoberyl, which is considered the third hardest mineral with a Mohs hardness of 8.5.
Rarely pure, inclusions are normal and not a flaw – they make each stone unique, natural.
Color change, also called pleochroism: green by day and red by night.
Alexandrites usually have inclusions visible to the eye. Especially pure gemstones are therefore very valuable and coveted.
The color is of great importance, especially with alexandrite. The more intense the color change, the
higher the value.
Carat indicates the weight of a gemstone and corresponds to 0.2 grams. The more carat, the more valuable the alexandrite.
The cut is responsible for the shine of the gemstone and increases the value of the alexandrite the
better it has been executed.
Emerald by day, ruby by night
Occurrence of alexandrite
These deposits are almost exhausted. However, the Russian stones areparticularly popular due to their rich color; they change from intense emerald green to a strong purple red.
There you can also find the particularly rare alexandrite cat eyes – these are alexandrite gemstones with a linear glow of light on the surface, reminiscent of the slit-like pupil of a cat.
Jewellery with alexandrite
We are happy to make your personal piece of jewelry. Of course, models such as rings, pendants or earrings can be made with the gemstone of your choice.