Alexandrite is an extremely rare and was originally found in Russia. The mineral was named for the former Czar of Russia, Alexander II, and was first discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia on Alexander's day of birth. The Russian Alexandrite has become almost impossible to find. Thanks to our friends in Brazil, another limited supply of Alexandrite has been located.
The most sensational feature about this stone is its amazing ability to change its color. Green or bluish-green in daylight, alexandrite turns a soft shade of red, purplish-red or raspberry red in incandescent light. A unique chromium balance in Alexandrite gives it this curious color changing characteristic. These are natural specimens of Alexandrite, not a synthetic corundum.
In 1987 alexandrites were discovered in a place called Hematita in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The Brazilian alexandrites showed both a distinctive color change and good clarity and color. The color of the Brazilian stones is admittedly not as strong a green as that of Russian alexandrite, but the color change is clearly visible.
Alexandrite is a stone for serious enthusiasts and collectors, a truly understated stone. Its uniqueness and high value are not evident at first sight. The mysterious color change will only occur on exposure to different light sources at the correct intensity. If you really get involved with alexandrite, you will be absolutely fascinated by this gem.
Single Rare Alexandrite Specimen from Brazil
Stunning natural, un-polished specimen of Brazilian Alexandrite. The specimen is @ 15.2 x 12.1 x 3.59mm overall with a small Alexandrite window in a mica matrix. This specimen weighs 1.5 grams (7.5 carats). This specimen of Alexandrite (variety of Chrysoberyl-Beryllium Aluminum Oxide) is from the Pindobassu Mine in Bahia, Brazil. It has been in our personal collection since 2004.
15.2 x 12.1 x 3.59mm The specimen weighs 1.5g (7.5 carats)