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 Alexandrite Sterling Silver Ring with Amethyst & Blue Topaz - 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 Ring with Amethyst & Blue Topaz - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$230.00
Gemvara
Round Alexandrite Sterling Silver Ring with Amethyst & 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
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$245.00
Gemvara
Round Alexandrite Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & 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
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$240.00
Gemvara
Round Ruby Sterling Silver Ring with Pink Sapphire & 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 Ring with Pink Sapphire & Alexandrite - Venus Band
$235.00
Gemvara
Round Alexandrite Sterling Silver Ring with White Sapphire & Tanzanite - 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 Ring with White Sapphire & Tanzanite - Venus Band
$225.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver 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 Ring with Alexandrite & Diamond - Bamboo Two-Stone Ring
$245.00
Gemvara
Round Emerald Sterling Silver Ring with Emerald & 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 Emerald Sterling Silver Ring with Emerald & Alexandrite - Venus Band
$250.00
Gemvara
Round Alexandrite Sterling Silver Ring with Sapphire & 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 $225.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Alexandrite Sterling Silver Ring with Sapphire & Iolite - Venus Band
$225.00
Gemvara
Round Alexandrite Sterling Silver Ring with Aquamarine & Ruby - Modern Heart Ring
This stylishly-simple heart ring is carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $280.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Alexandrite Sterling Silver Ring with Aquamarine & Ruby - Modern Heart Ring
$280.00
Gemvara
Round Alexandrite Sterling Silver Ring with Ruby - 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 $275.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Alexandrite Sterling Silver Ring with Ruby - Written in the Stars Ring
$275.00
Gemvara
Round Amethyst Sterling Silver Ring with Alexandrite & Red Garnet - 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 Amethyst Sterling Silver Ring with Alexandrite & Red Garnet - Venus Band
$225.00
Gemvara
Round Alexandrite Sterling Silver Ring with Peridot - 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 $255.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Alexandrite Sterling Silver Ring with Peridot - Written in the Stars Ring
$255.00
Gemvara
Round Alexandrite Sterling Silver Ring with White Sapphire & 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 Alexandrite Sterling Silver Ring with White Sapphire & Alexandrite - Venus Band
$250.00
Gemvara
Round Sapphire Sterling Silver Ring with Alexandrite & 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 Sapphire Sterling Silver Ring with Alexandrite & Aquamarine - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$240.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Necklace with Alexandrite - Love Letters 'C' Pendant With Gem
You choose the lowercase letter below and the meaning behind it. Artisans handcraft the precious metal of your choice in a single flowing line, and accent the design with your favorite gem. The chain threads directly through the letter.Only $175.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Necklace with Alexandrite - Love Letters 'C' Pendant With Gem
$175.00
Gemvara
 


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