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Feature Friday: Rare Alexandrite Ring

Feature Friday: Alexandrite & Diamond Dome Ring

Alexandrite is one of the most magnificent and mysterious gemstones you will ever see. Though the gemstone itself was discovered less than 200 years ago, the unique color changing and reflective elements of alexandrite have received a great deal of attention and adoration. The stone’s existence itself is a phenomenon. Natural Alexandrite gemstones are an incredibly rare find. Two chemical elements which are scientifically constructed to avoid interaction with one another, chromium and beryllium, found a way to bypass this rule millions of years ago, in what would be considered a metamorphic atmosphere.

Discovered in 1830, Russia, the day when Tsar Alexander II was the appropriate age to rule,

legend has it that Alexandrite was named after royalty.

My first Alexandrite ring was a gift from my Dad for my 7th Birthday, a claddagh ring with an Alexandrite gemstone held in the hands. Alexandrite, at the time, was still the official June Birthstone. Unfortunately, things have changed. With the increasing value and rarity of natural Alexandrite, pearls are now the ‘official’ (the waters there are still a little muddy. Depending on who you ask, Alexandrite is still considered a birthstone of June, in addition to Moonstone.) June Birthstone. 

The ‘alexandrite effect’, as described by jewelers, is the natural color changing phenomenon of the gemstone. The color of this rare gemstone is green in daylight and deep red in darkness or incandescent light. Alexandrite can even appear to be pink or yellow in hue in natural light, and a columbine or raspberry red by incandescent light. This is representative of the mythology behind this interesting gemstone.

Alexandrite is associated with the planet Mercury — the trickster. Mercury is the quickest moving planet, said to be representative of how fast our thoughts and decisions can change. Mythology teaches us that Mercury represents both the messenger and the magician. It connects the mortal or ego self, the intuitive, or lower self, and the higher divine self. This is said to be embodied within the Alexandrite gemstone with the duality of color. 

Alexandrite is believed to strengthen intuition, self esteem, and happiness, increase creativity and imagination, and help balance your emotions.

Alexandrite Dome Ring

This striking 14k white gold Alexandrite & Diamond Dome Ring is both elegant and fashionable. 

 Three large rare Alexandrite stones are surrounded by beautiful pave set diamonds in this unique ring.

Alexandrite & Diamond Dome Ring

Details are available for purchase of this fantastic piece of jewelry at the Raymond Lee Jewelers ebay Store,  just a click away! (See Below)

http://bit.ly/AlexandriteRingRLJ

-Alexandra

Raymond Lee Jewelers

Jewelry Terminology: What is an Alexandrite?

Jewelry Terminology: Alexandrite

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Of all the stones used in jewelry the alexandrite might be the most rare; even more rare than a diamond.  It was named after the Russian tsar Alexander II who was alive during the 1800’s.  The very first alexandrite crystals were found in April 1834 in the Urals.

The alexandrite will show both red and green which happen to be the official colors of old imperial Russia.

To find an alexandrite in great condition with great color is extremely rare.  In the beginning of the 20th century the top gemologist for Tiffany & Co. used the alexandrite in platinum rings.

The most unique thing about alexandrite stones has to be its ability to change color.  In daylight it appears to be green while in radiant light it appears to be red.

Alexandrites are extremely rare because of their chemical composition.  It is similar to a chrysoberyl in that it contains iron and titanium; but an alexandrite also has chromium.  The chromium is what causes the color change.

In jewelry terminology, the more vivid the color changes the more the stone is worth.  If you can pinpoint the stone back to Russia then the stone is worth even more.  Well cut alexandrites with great color can be worth more than rubies and emeralds.

The alexandrite has proven to be a stone for collectors and connoisseurs because of its amazing ability to change color in different lights.  It is a rare stone that is becoming more popular every year due to increased knowledge from consumers.

by, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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