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An 'emerald' by day a 'ruby' by night
Known for its dramatic color change from brilliant green in daylight to cherry-red under tungsten (candle) light
The weird and the wonderful
One of the rarest and most expensive gemstones, the chrysoberyl Alexandrite is second in hardness to only ruby, sapphire and diamond.
Known for its dramatic color change from brilliant green in daylight to cherry-red under tungsten (candle) light; this effect is not unique to Alexandrite, but it is dependent on pure light sources (pure candescent light to pure incandescent light, for example sunlight to candlelight).
History in a nutshell
Legend has it, that in 1834, the gemstone was discovered on the day the future tsar Alexander II came of age; whether myth or not, this enchanting gemstone was named in honor of him. Due to its patriotic change in color from red to green, the principal colors of old Imperial Russia, it became the national stone of tsarist Russia.
In Russia, owing to its two colors, it is believed bad luck to only wear one piece of alexandrite jewelry.
Reputed to aid creativity and inspire the imagination, the gemstone is considered a stone of very good omen.
It grounds the 2nd, or Navel Chakra, and promotes the flow of energy through it. It will also help its wearer find their inner center during meditation.