June’s Birthstone: Alexandrite
Mother Nature’s Magic Trick
June is a wonderful month for a birthday. In most places, the sun is shining, the weather is warmer, and summer is in full swing. Gemini and Cancer are the zodiac signs that boast a June birthday, and the birthstone of these signs is both as green as the fresh-cut summer grass, and as red as the sunset on a cloudless day. June’s birthstone Alexandrite is considered “nature’s magic trick,” as it changes from green to red depending on whether it is exposed to the light of the sun or light of a fire.
Not only is Alexandrite June’s birthstone, it is also the Anniversary stone for the celebration of 55 years of marriage. That makes this brilliant gemstone a highly coveted gift for birthdays and those celebrating a 55th wedding anniversary.
Alexandrite is one of the rarest gemstones in the world, which also makes it one of the most expensive. Lucky for you, for the entire month of June, Rogers & Brooke Jewelers is offering 10% off alexandrite jewelry (some exclusions may apply see store for details).
History of The Chameleon Birthstone
Alexandrite was discovered in 1830 in emerald mines located near Russia’s Tokovaya River. The day of the gemstone’s discovery fell on Prince Alexander II of Russia’s birthday. Alexandrite was originally viewed as a magical gem by the miners who discovered it. As legend goes, a miner was collecting emeralds in the mountains and upon viewing his treasures by the campfire at night, the stones appeared to be a vibrant shade of red. When morning came, the stones again appeared green in the daylight.
June’s birthstone officially received the name Alexandrite in 1839, due to their changing colors being the same as Old Imperial Russia’s military colors. Alexandrite eventually became one of the most sought-after gemstones by the aristocrats of Russia. Russia soon mined nearly all of the alexandrite it had to offer before more deposits were discovered in the island south of India and what is now known as Sri Lanka.
Interestingly enough, America’s very own jewelry company Tiffany popularized alexandrite when the company’s master gem buyer, George Kunz, traveled to Russia and brought back enough alexandrite to head the market for years to come. Alexandrite was considered to be incredibly rare throughout most of the 1900s until further deposits were found on the border of Tanzania and Mozambique, as well as Brazil.
Alexandrite is believed to bring luck, love, and good fortune to those who own it. Many believe that the stone brings harmony and activity between the physical and spiritual worlds. Alexandrite is closely associated with the crown chakra, which leads those to believe that the gemstone promotes a strong sense of creativity, imagination, intuition and the love of the universe. Alexandrite is also known to bring joy, purpose, and hope. Practitioners who believe in crystal healing state that alexandrite can promote healing in the pancreas, spleen and neurological tissues.
Alexandrite is a type of chrysoberyl, a mineral that contains iron, titanium and chromium. The combination of these elements influences its green color. Alexandrite rates an 8.5 on the hardness scale, softer than only corundum and diamond, which makes it one of the most expensive gemstones on the planet. The harder it is to see through the stone, the more valuable it is. The gemstone can be almost as saturated as an emerald; however, it is more frequently a brownish or yellowish green color. It also appears red, or more accurately described as columbine, raspberry, garnet or ruby.
The miners who saw the stone change color from green to red were not wrong- Alexandrite changes color when exposed to a richly red-rayed light source. This “metamorphosis” is known as Pleochroism. The more desirable stones are those who exhibit the most intense color changes. Brazilian Alexandrite is the most valuable, as it displays 100% color change.
SAVE 10% ON ALEXANDRITE JEWELRY ALL MONTH LONG
With all of the positives that alexandrite represents, it is the perfect gift to celebrate a June birthday as well as a 55th wedding anniversary. Not only will you be gifting your loved one with a rare and precious gemstone, you will also be providing them with a wearable “magic trick”! Be sure to take advantage of all the alexandrite jewelry that Rogers & Brooke Jewelers has to offer you this June! (some exclusions may apply see store for details).