Alexandrite is one of the most sought after and fascinating gemstones in the world. Mined chiefly in Brazil, Africa and India, the stone has become increasingly popular over the years, appearing in countless designer collections, not to mention the crowns of a myriad of Kings and Queens.
The mineral is perhaps most famous for its variable colour, which under some lights is a jade green and others a raspberry red. In addition to this unusual and very attractive quality, the stone is also the third hardest in the world which this makes it extraordinarily hardwearing, and hence very good in jewellery.
Aesthetically pleasing and practically durable, natural alexandrite rings are increasingly popular. While Russian specimens of the gem are traditionally believed to be of the best quality, jewellery enthusiasts will find every Alexandrite mine produces a version of the stone unique to the region.
Today, Brazilian examples of the stone show the most dramatic green to red colour change and for this reason jewellery made with South American stones are Christmas favourites. Alexandrite jewellery is widely available from online jewellery stores and can be ordered from anywhere in the world.
Because the stone is so widely in demand, prices tend to be quite high, however jewellers are also fiercely competitive. Prospective buyers of Alexandrite jewellery should be sure to research their purchase thoroughly and should check out a number of shops before deciding on the right piece.