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Alexandrite is used as a gemstone. Faceted Alexandrite gemstones with good color change are considered very valuable, even when visible inclusions are present. Alexandrite is the variety of chrysoberyl that displays a change-of-color from green to red. A distinct color change is the primary qualification for a chrysoberyl to be considered Alexandrite.

The strength of the color change is related to the difference in the areas of transmission, relative to the absorption in the yellow. The greater the difference, the stronger the color change.


Alexandrite is said to help balance one's emotional state, to provide confidence, to increase self-esteem and to help bring about change. It is also said to bring happiness and success, and to intensify feelings of love and sensuality.

Alexandrite is said to be useful to help treat pancreatic disorders, swollen lymph nodes and ailments of the spleen, as well as in the treatment of afflictions occurring with leukemia.

Physical Properties:


Alexandrite  Birthstone

Green in daylight and red in incandescent light.
Specific Gravity
3.68 - 3.75
refractive index
1.745 - 1.759

Sign of Alexandrite:Scorpio


Alexandrite was named after Prince Alexander because it was discovered in 1830 on the day of his coming of age. Russian legend has Alexandrite being discovered in the Ural Mountains in 1831. It was a favorite in Russia until the Bolshevik Revolution. In 1987, a new find of Alexandrite was made in Brazil at a locality called Hematita. The Hematita Alexandrite shows a striking and attractive color change from raspberry red to bluish green.


India,Brazil, Myanmar,Madagascar,Tanzania,Tasmania,United States, Zimbabwe, Russia,Zimbabwe,Tanzania,Brazil and Sri Lanka have Alexandrite.