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
Chunk Chain Large Razor-Blade ID Bracelet, Golden - McQ Alexander McQueen - Light gold (LARGE )
McQ Alexander McQueenChunk Chain Large Razor-Blade ID Bracelet, GoldenDetailsLight golden bracelet by Alexander McQueen.Curb chain bracelet with razor blade-inspired center.Approx. 7inL x 1/2in at widest.Link clasp with security latch.Imported.Designer...Only $190.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoChunk Chain Large Razor-Blade ID Bracelet, Golden - McQ Alexander McQueen - Light gold (LARGE )
$190.00
Neiman Marcus
Round Pink Sapphire Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with 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 $250.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Pink Sapphire Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Alexandrite - Venus Band
$250.00
Gemvara
Round Smoky Quartz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with 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 $245.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Smoky Quartz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Alexandrite - Venus Band
$245.00
Gemvara
Pink Alexandrite Diamond-Shaped Chandelier Earrings - Devon Leigh - Pink
Devon LeighPink Alexandrite Diamond-Shaped Chandelier EarringsDetailsLace-like Devon Leigh earrings spotted with rosy alexandrite chrysoberyl facets will take you from coffee to cocktails with elegant ease.18-karat yellow gold.Diamond-shaped filigree...Only $350.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoPink Alexandrite Diamond-Shaped Chandelier Earrings - Devon Leigh - Pink
$350.00
Neiman Marcus
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
Marquise Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Earrings with Alexandrite - Marquise Essential Earrings
Every woman needs our essential earrings in her jewelry wardrobe. A stunning marquise-shape gem drops below the ear in this sophisticated update of the classic stud earring. These tailored earrings are as wearable as studs but are also glamorous enough...Only $665.00 at Gemvara
no photoMarquise Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Earrings with Alexandrite - Marquise Essential Earrings
$665.00
Gemvara
Round Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Alexandrite & Citrine - 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 Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Alexandrite & Citrine - Venus Band
$225.00
Gemvara
Round London Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Necklace with Emerald & Alexandrite - Triple Gem Knot Pendant
Three vibrant gemstones are held in a simple knot. It's carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $420.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound London Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Necklace with Emerald & Alexandrite - Triple Gem Knot Pendant
$420.00
Gemvara
Round Alexandrite Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Amethyst & Smoky Quartz - 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 Alexandrite Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Amethyst & Smoky Quartz - Venus Band
$225.00
Gemvara
Trillion Rhodolite Garnet 18K Rose Gold Earrings with Alexandrite - Trilliant Essential Earrings
Every woman needs our essential earrings in her jewelry wardrobe. A stunning trilliant gem drops below the ear in this sophisticated update of the classic stud earring. These tailored earrings are as wearable as studs but are also glamorous enough for...Only $980.00 at Gemvara
no photoTrillion Rhodolite Garnet 18K Rose Gold Earrings with Alexandrite - Trilliant Essential Earrings
$980.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Mother's Necklace with Alexandrite & Amethyst - Carried in My Heart
The heart shape of this pendan cradles two gemstones, just as you carry those you love in your heart.Only $240.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Mother's Necklace with Alexandrite & Amethyst - Carried in My Heart
$240.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Mother's Necklace with Aquamarine & Alexandrite - Linked Hearts Pendant
Two hearts join together in this symbolic pendant. Choose your own meaningful gems and metals to create your perfect handcrafted piece.Only $275.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Mother's Necklace with Aquamarine & Alexandrite - Linked Hearts Pendant
$275.00
Gemvara
Round Alexandrite Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Sapphire & Aquamarine - Liana Ring with Three Gems
This lovely leafy vine ring twines across the finger while brilliant gems bloom among the leaves.Only $240.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Alexandrite Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Sapphire & Aquamarine - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$240.00
Gemvara
Plexi Punk Skull Ring, Red/Golden - Alexander McQueen - Red/Gold (6)
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 (6)
$245.00
Neiman Marcus
Round Alexandrite Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Tanzanite & Citrine - Liana Ring with Three Gems
This lovely leafy vine ring twines across the finger while brilliant gems bloom among the leaves.Only $230.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Alexandrite Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Tanzanite & Citrine - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$230.00
Gemvara
 


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