Known to gem enthusiasts as “Emerald by day, ruby by night”, this unique color-morphing gemstone is easy to be captivated by. This extremely rare gemstone was first discovered around the 1830’s in the Ural mountains of Russia. There is controversy surrounding who first discovered Alexandrite, however in 1842 Finnish Mineralogist Nils Gustaf NordenskjÖld was the first to formally publish the scientific description of this color-changing Chrysoberyl under the name “Alexandrite”.
Alexandrite is an 8.5 hardness on the Mohs Hardness Scale, and is a great stone for everyday wear. What makes this gem so sought after, is its ability to change colors drastically in different environments. In natural or fluorescent light, Alexandrite appears to be green, blue-green, or even blue-violet. When viewed in a warmer light source, (candlelight or incandescent light), this brilliant gem transforms into red, orange-red, or red-violet.