10 Alexandrite Fun Facts

 
 

Alexandrites are quite mystical gemstones. They are known to be the birthstone for June. Can you believe it's already June!? We can't.

Here are 10 interesting facts about the June birthstone. (Pearls also represent the month of June. Check out 10 Pearl Fun Facts, too!)

1. In order for Alexandrite to form in nature on its own, chromium must combine with beryllium and aluminum. Chromium in itself is a rare element. True Alexandrites are difficult to come by, making them very valuable and rare.

2. So rare, in fact, natural Alexandrite is rarer than Diamonds and more costly than Emerald, Ruby, and Sapphire.

3. Alexandrite appears to be a blueish-green in natural sunlight and shows up reddish-purple when under artificial light.

 
 

4. Not only does Alexandrite change colors, but in extremely rare cases it can also exhibit chatoyancy, or the cat-eye effect. This is when a white line shines down the center of the gemstone and moves around as the stone moves under a light source.

5. When Nils Gustaf Nordenskiöld first found Alexandrite in Russia in 1834, he thought the stone was an Emerald. 

6. The Smithsonian has the largest known faceted Alexandrite on display in their museum. That honker weighs in at 66 carats. Wow!

7. The gemstone is considered to bring love, good luck and fortune. Since it is considered to be a gemstone that promotes romance, it is used in engagement rings.

8. They're pretty tough. An 8.5 on Mohs' hardness scale, Alexandrites are hard, tough, and durable enough for daily wear.

9. Alexandrite is the gemstone that represents the 55th wedding anniversary.

10. Metaphysicians say Alexandrite crystals may be used to help one return to the origin of time and to connect with the beginning of one’s development.