ALEXANDRITE: June Birthstone
If you were born in the month of June, you actually have not one but three birthstones to choose from – the classic Pearl, the magical Moonstone, and the very extraordinary gemstone, Alexandrite. We’ve written a post on the beauty of pearls and moonstones previously, so in today’s post, we’re exploring Alexandrite in detail.
ABOUT ALEXANDRITEAlexandrite, besides being a birthstone for June, is also the gem for the 55th wedding anniversary. Alexandrite is a very interesting and rare gemstone. It has a dramatic color change that is sometimes described as “emerald by day, ruby by night.” Other gems also change color in response to a light-source change, but this gem’s transformation is so striking that the phenomenon itself is often called “the alexandrite effect.” Alexandrite is one of the most phenomenal gemstones available today.
ALEXANDRITE BIRTHSTONE HISTORY
WHERE IS ALEXANDRITE FOUND?
ALEXANDRITE QUALITY FACTORS
Alexandrite, with its chameleon-like qualities, is a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl. Its color can be a lovely green in daylight or fluorescent light, changing to brownish or purplish red in the incandescent light from a lamp or candle flame. This is a result of the complex way the mineral absorbs light.
Fine alexandrite is green to bluish green in daylight and red to purplish red in incandescent light. Its color saturation is moderately strong to strong. Stones that are too light do not reach the quality of color intensity seen in fine-quality gems. Stones that are too dark lack brightness and appear almost black.
Color and color change are the most important quality factors for an alexandrite and are the primary driver of value.
Alexandrite tends to contain few inclusions. There’s a dramatic rise in value for clean material with good color change and strong colors. Fine quality alexandrite is considered to be more valuable than blue sapphire, emerald, and ruby. The stones that exhibit chatoyancy, or the cat's-eye effect, are even more valuable.
Alexandrite are most commonly fashioned into what are called mixed cuts, which have brilliant-cut crowns and step-cut pavilions. Brilliant cuts have kite-shaped and triangular facets, while step cuts have concentric rows of parallel facets. Alexandrite’s pleochroism makes it a challenge for cutters. When fashioning alexandrite, cutters orient the gem to show the strongest color change through the crown. It’s crucial to position the rough so the fashioned stone shows both purplish red and green pleochroic colors face-up.
- CARAT WEIGHT
Alexandrite is rarely found in large sizes. Most fashioned alexandrites are small, weighing less than one carat. Larger sizes and better qualities rise in price dramatically. Because of its scarcity, especially in larger sizes, alexandrite is a relatively expensive member of the chrysoberyl family.
ALEXANDRITE BIRTHSTONE CARE & CLEANING
ALEXANDRITE MYSTICAL POWERS
ALEXANDRITE JEWELRY IN BOCA RATON
June is a month for celebrations, whether it's a wedding, anniversary, graduation or birthday. And what better way to celebrate than with a June birthstone. Those who were born in June are lucky to have three gorgeous birthstones to choose from. Now that you know how to pick one of these June birthstones for yourself or a loved one born in the month of June, visit Devon's Diamonds & Decor to shop for birthstone jewelry in Boca Raton.