A special stone that features the color change phenomenon, Alexandrite is greenish in daylight and red in incandescent light. Alexandrite is a variety of the mineral chrysoberyl and is extremely rare, especially in larger sizes.
History and Etymology-
Alexandrite was discovered in Russia in the 1830’s and named after Alexander II, heir to the Russian throne.
Alexandrite is a more recently discovered stone and so it has less superstition around it, however, it has been believed to bring luck and romance to its wearer.
Alexandrite is the birthstone for June and the gem for the 55th wedding anniversary.
Mohs hardness 8.5
Refractive Index 1.746 to 1.755
Specific Gravity 3.73