June has three birthstones, and Alexandrite is the rarest. Alexandrite is a relatively modern gemstone; it was discovered in Russian emerald mines located in the Ural Mountains. Legends claim that it was discovered in 1834 on the same day that future Russian Czar Alexander II came of age; it was named to honor him.
June Birthstone Alexandrite: Emerald by Day, Ruby by Night
Often described as “emerald by day, ruby by night,” alexandrite is a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl that changes color from bluish green in daylight to purplish red under incandescent light. This chameleon-like color shift is the result of its uncommon chemical composition which includes traces of chromium. This is the same coloring agent found in emerald. The unlikelihood of these elements combining under the right conditions makes alexandrite. This is one of the rarest and most expensive gemstones on Earth.
The alexandrite mined from Russia’s famed deposits set the quality standard for the Alexandrite gemstone. Today, most alexandrite come from Sri Lanka, Brazil, and East Africa. The gemstones from these areas are commonly pale in comparison to the vivid colors of the Russian mined gemstones.
Softer than a Sapphire and Harder than a Garnet
With a hardness of 8.5 on the Mohs scale, Alexandrite is softer than sapphire and harder than garnet. However, due to its scarcity, alexandrite is more valuable than most gemstones, including rubies and diamonds.
Here are Joseph’s Jewelry, we specialize in custom pieces with the gemstone Alexandrite. With statement ring, bracelets, and statement necklaces we are able to cater to everyone’s desired look. We carry numerous elegant pieces catering to every budget, and desired style. We are here to help residents in Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Jupiter and Port St. Lucie to find your perfect jewelry piece, complete a jewelry set, or make a custom jewelry design as unique as you are! We will also repair and restore your jewelry pieces and watches whether or not they were purchased through us. Come in anytime to check out our unique diamond rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings, and Citizen Eco Drive watches in stock for a celebration, last-minute gift, or spontaneous surprise.