JUNE BIRTHSTONE - ALEXANDRITE



The Gemstone Alexandrite is the color changing variety of the mineral Chrysoberyl. The June Birthstone, its color varies from red to green depending upon the light source. It is an alternate (modern) Zodiac stone for the constellation of Gemini. Alexandrite is associated with balance, confidence, and joy.

Alexandrite is named for the former czar of Russia, Alexander II, and was first discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia, supposedly on the day of his birth. Chromium gives alexandrite its color and while, in most minerals, a trace element like chromium would provide only one color to the mineral, in alexandrite it gives it two! Coloring agents are dependent on the wavelength of light and the chemical bonds in the crystal to determine the color that they will cause. An element like copper, in normal light, can cause a green color in malachite and a blue color in azurite, it all depends on the character of the chemical bonding. In a single specimen of alexandrite, the chromium is in such a balanced situation that the color of the specimen depends on the character of light that hits the crystal. If the light is natural sunlight or fluorescent light, the crystal will be green; however, if the light is incandescent light from a common indoor light bulb, then the crystal will appear red.

Synthetic corundums spiked with trace elements that yield an alexandrite-like color change are sold as alexandrite on the gemstone market. These stones have a red-violet, near-amethyst color in incandescent light and a blue-violet color in daylight. They are far cheaper than natural alexandrites, which are some of the rarest and most expensive of gemstones.


For natural alexandrite specimens, see our Alexandrite Specimens pages. These specimens will not (generally) be gem-quality, as natural, top-quality stones can fetch prices over $10,000 per carat.

Alexandrite Jewelry - Hover over an item for more information
Round Peridot Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Alexandrite & Green Tourmaline - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $225.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Peridot Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Alexandrite & Green Tourmaline - Venus Band
$225.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Alexandrite & Diamond - Balcony Band
This intricate band is inspired by the delicately curled and arched forms of the wrought iron balconies of the French Quarter of New Orleans. The pattern repeats all the way around the finger, punctuated by brilliant bezel-set gemstones.Only $320.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Alexandrite & Diamond - Balcony Band
$320.00
Gemvara
Round Alexandrite Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Sapphire & Diamond - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $240.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Alexandrite Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Sapphire & Diamond - Venus Band
$240.00
Gemvara
Round Alexandrite Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Alexandrite - Written in the Stars Ring
Two glittering gemstones and numerous star etchings rest atop the hollowed upper band of this gleaming ring, designed for the stargazers among us.Only $300.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Alexandrite Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Alexandrite - Written in the Stars Ring
$300.00
Gemvara
Round Alexandrite Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Diamond & Iolite - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $240.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Alexandrite Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Diamond & Iolite - Venus Band
$240.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Alexandrite & Diamond - Bamboo Two-Stone Ring
This double-gemstone bamboo ring makes a refined statement alone, or combines well with other bamboo rings.Only $245.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Promise Ring with Alexandrite & Diamond - Bamboo Two-Stone Ring
$245.00
Gemvara
Plexi Punk Skull Ring, Red/Golden - Alexander McQueen - Red/Gold (7.5)
Alexander McQueenPlexi Punk Skull Ring, Red/GoldenDetailsAlexander McQueen ring in yellow golden brass and marbleized red plexi.Signature skull is topped with mohawk and encrusted with large amber colored crystal eyes and mouth.1 1/2inL overall.Tapered...Only $245.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoPlexi Punk Skull Ring, Red/Golden - Alexander McQueen - Red/Gold (7.5)
$245.00
Neiman Marcus
Round Alexandrite Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Alexandrite & Sapphire - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $250.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Alexandrite Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Alexandrite & Sapphire - Venus Band
$250.00
Gemvara
Plexi Punk Skull Ring, Blue/Silvertone - Alexander McQueen - Blue/Silver (6.5)
Alexander McQueenPlexi Punk Skull Ring, Blue/SilvertoneDetailsAlexander McQueen ring in silvertone brass and marbleized blue plexi.Signature skull is topped with mohawk and encrusted with large blue colored crystal eyes and mouth.1 1/2inL...Only $245.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoPlexi Punk Skull Ring, Blue/Silvertone - Alexander McQueen - Blue/Silver (6.5)
$245.00
Neiman Marcus
Round Alexandrite Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with London Blue Topaz & White Sapphire - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $230.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Alexandrite Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with London Blue Topaz & White Sapphire - Venus Band
$230.00
Gemvara
Round Alexandrite Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Diamond - Written in the Stars Ring
Two glittering gemstones and numerous star etchings rest atop the hollowed upper band of this gleaming ring, designed for the stargazers among us.Only $290.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Alexandrite Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Diamond - Written in the Stars Ring
$290.00
Gemvara
Round Alexandrite Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Blue Topaz - Written in the Stars Ring
Two glittering gemstones and numerous star etchings rest atop the hollowed upper band of this gleaming ring, designed for the stargazers among us.Only $260.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Alexandrite Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Blue Topaz - Written in the Stars Ring
$260.00
Gemvara
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Peridot & Alexandrite - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $225.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Peridot & Alexandrite - Venus Band
$225.00
Gemvara
Round Rock Crystal Sterling Silver Earrings with Ruby & Alexandrite - Halo Earrings
Classic yet dazzling, a halo of gemstone surrounds the center gems in a blaze of brilliance. These earrings are so perfectly simple you'll never take them off.Only $865.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rock Crystal Sterling Silver Earrings with Ruby & Alexandrite - Halo Earrings
$865.00
Gemvara
Round Ruby Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Blue Topaz & Alexandrite - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $235.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Ruby Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Blue Topaz & Alexandrite - Venus Band
$235.00
Gemvara
 


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