We’re halfway through the year and to celebrate all of our very special June babies, we’re putting the spotlight on Alexandrite, June’s beautiful birthstone. A magical stone due to its colour-changing qualities, Alexandrite is also referred to as ‘Emerald by day, Ruby by night’
A blue-green in sunlight and purplish-red in incandescent light, Alexandrite ranks 8.5 on the Mohs scale (a scale of hardness based on the ability of one mineral to scratch another) making it a suitable stone for daily wear.
Five facts about Alexandrite we love are:
1. Alexandrite was first discovered in Russia’s Ural Mountains in 1830. Named after Czar Alexander II, heir apparent to the throne, legend has it that miners were working in the mountains one day collecting Emeralds. But at night, in the light of the campfire, the stones shone a brilliant shade of red! It was only when the stones were green again in daylight that the miners realised that they had discovered a new gemstone.
2. Alexandrite’s colour-changing properties have been a source of fascination for many, especially since Alexandrite’s red and green colours mirrored the national military colours of imperial Russia. However, with its changing colour, Alexandrite has come to be a wonderful reminder that life is not always what it seems to be.
3. Those who wear Alexandrite are believed to receive many benefits of the gemstone including good fortune, love and good luck. And because Alexandrite opens the crown chakra, it brings access to the warm, healing energy and love of the universe.
4. Alexandrite is also the anniversary stone for the 55th year of marriage; especially relevant because Alexandrite has been known to encourage romance.5. It is also said that Alexandrite encourages those with too much self-discipline to experience joy. It removes despair by reminding the wearer of their purpose in life and origin, bringing strength to those who require it.Alexandrite & Clear Diamond Thin New Moon Ring
Did you know? You can personalise many of our pieces with your choice of stone, including Alexandrite. Please contact us to talk about incorporating Alexandrite into your unique, handmade heirloom.