We take a look into the history of alexandrite meaning; a very rare and valuable colour-changing gemstone.
What is alexandrite?
The alexandrite stone is a very rare colour-changing variety of chrysoberyl. This unique gemstone is renowned for its rare ability to change colour in different light, which is a result of the complex way the mineral absorbs light. It dramatically changes from a bright green shade in daylight to a cherry-red shade under candle light, so is often described by gem aficionados as “emerald by day, ruby by night”. Alexandrite is an exceptionally rare and valuable stone, originally discovered in Russia’s Ural Mountains in the 1830s, but now can be found in Sri Lanka, East Africa and Brazil. Due to it being second in hardness to only diamonds, sapphire and ruby, and it’s completely unique colour, Alexandrite jewellery is popular.
Considered by many as a stone of very good omen, cultures all over the world have developed various beliefs and views on alexandrite meaning; we explore a few of them.
There are a range of myths and opinions regarding what the true alexandrite meaning is and what it can bring to the wearer. The gemstone doesn’t share the ancient history and lore of most other stones, due to the fact that it was only discovered in the 19th century.
Since it was first found, Alexandrite meaning has been linked to good luck, good fortune and love, in addition to aiding creativity and inspiring the imagination. It is often used as a talisman, healing stone or just as jewellery. Symbolising confidence and self-esteem, the gemstone gives its wearer a positive confidence boost and optimistic feeling, thus why many people also use this stone as a protective charm.
Alexandrite meaning is believed to remind us of our purpose in life and our origin; it gives hope to those who are in despair about their lives, it brings strength and constantly reminds them of the light, and with its changing colour, it’s a reminder that life is not what it may seem to be.
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Pearl is the most common birthstone associated with June, however a more unique and rare choice is the alexandrite birthstone. It is also the anniversary stone for the 55th year of marriage.
According to legend, in 1834, the gemstone was discovered on the day the future tsar Alexander II came of age and this enchanting gemstone was named in honour of him.
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