A brief overview of Alexandrites - ICKINGER |

A brief overview of Alexandrites


Alexandrite is often called “Emerald by day, Ruby by night”. Its name comes from the fact that the gemstone was first discovered in the emerald mines near the Tokovaya River in Russia’s Ural Mountains in 1830.

Alexandrite is well known for displaying one of the most remarkable colour changes in the gem world — green in sunlight and red in incandescent light.

However, the Alexandrite gemstone is so rare and so expensive that very few people have seen its natural beauty.

Legend has it that miners were working alone in the mountains one day, collecting emeralds when one miner gathered some stones, which looked like emeralds and took them back to camp at the end of the day.

In the light of the campfire, the stones shone a brilliant shade of red which had the miners perplexed. When morning came and they saw that the stones were green again in the light, they realized that they had found a new and mysterious gem.

May 27, 2020

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