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Alexandrite – a Gem for Kings

Saturday, 03 July 2010

alexandriteAlexandrite is the unique mineral among the other stones which are highly appreciated. Subject to international pricing catalogue, faceted pure 1-3 carat alexandrite from the Urals with the intensive effect of color changing costs from two to twenty thousand dollars per carat, while the less pure alexandrite from the same Urals will take you one to four thousands per carat. A big size stone is rare and if it is worth paying fortunes for something that is not a diamond?

The genuine connoisseurs are sure that alexandrite is worth acquiring for this money, since pure stones occur far rarer than diamonds, while the crystals refer to the precious stones of the first class. The rarity does not allow the complicated treatment of the stone, though it is not necessary in most cases. The alexandrite is magnificent enough to express the natural beauty of facets by phased or drop-shaped diamond cutting which is more popular with jewelers. 

This rare gemstone was named after the Russian tsar Alexander II (1818-1881), the very first crystals having been discovered in 1834 was thought to be the emerald (by the way, the alexandrite gems are found at emerald mines), but when the «emerald» played with the blood red shades at the artificial light, the miners revealed that this was the new and unusual crystal which received the popularity in Russia. Though many sources state that the stone was the first alexandrite ever mined, the gold alexandrite ring was found in the burial place of the Polovtsian khan in Zaporozhe dated back XII century.

The miners believed that development of alexandrite at emerald mines was the sign to stop mining good emeralds. And thanks to this belief they missed alexandrite consciously.

However, the alexandrite won the fame among the Russian royal family during the reign of Alexander II. The stone was believed to belong to the royal elite and many people from the court tried to get a ring with alexandrite and two diamonds. After the death of Alexander II the fashion for the stone faded.

During post-war period the fashion for alexandrite tried to revive. Though the gem was related to the huge number of «killed in battle notices», therefore the crystal was called the «gem for widow». And since that time the belief was spread that alexandrite is needed to wear in the couple to avoid the evil. Though, this was related to the other mystery feature that the alexandrite helped the stronger people making the weaker people unhappy who cannot cope with situations. Persons of fortitude who survived the vital checks with the alexandrite as a talisman are supported by the stone and they can expect the fame, wealth and success in all their doings.

Nowadays alexandrite is highly appreciated in spite of the prejudice related to this stone. Thanks to unusual features to change the shade, alexandrite may become the worthy decoration for any jewel. Yet, the natural crystal should not be confused with the fake, when the skillfully done fake crystals can change the color insignificantly or are two-color preliminary, though they have not genuine features and beauty of natural alexandrite.

Synthetic corundums prickled with trace elements that defer an alexandrite-like color change are sold as alexandrite, while alexandrite is a crystal for experts, enthusiasts and connoisseurs. Its exclusivity and high value are not evident at first sight. But if you really get involved in alexandrite, you will be utterly fascinated by this gem. Maybe you will also feel some of the mysterious magic and wisdom ascribed to it. It is considered a stone of very good omen. In critical situations it is supposed to strengthen the wearer’s intuition, and thus help him or her find new ways forward in situations where sense will not provide an answer. Alexandrite is also reputed to support inspiration and encourage the imagination. 

The deposits of alexandrite stones also matter since the color and cost are related to the place.  The most vivid and contrasting stones are mined in the Urals when crystals of blue to green shade become blood red at the artificial light. Ceylon alexandrite come with the rich olive-green color which goes into the orange-red at the light.

Also the stones from Sri-Lanka, Brazil, USA, Zambia, Tanzania and Madagascar are highly demanded, though the Ural precious stones are number one crystals in beauty and contrasting shades.

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