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Alexandrite characteristics

Alexandrite, history and healing properties

Ring with alexandrite

This Stone was described in 1842 by the Finnish Nordenskiöld who named it like this in honor of the Tsar Alexander II. Because of its Russian origin and its colors, it became the symbol stone of the tsarist Russia.

The alexandrite stone is a particular variety of chrysoberyl.

The most distinctive characteristic of this stone is its capacity to change its color going from a shiny blue green color when seen under the natural light to a purple red under an incandescent light.

Stories, legends and beliefs about the alexandrite

There are not a lot of stories about the alexandrite as this rare stone was discovered recently (1842).

It was in 1830 that the colliers of the emerald source in Tokoyava discovered this new stone. They were quite surprised to see that this stone which was very similar to the emerald they were looking for, would become red when seen with the light of their camp fire and then green again with the day light.

Its green and red colors were quickly associated to the colors of the Russian imperial soldiers and the alexandrite became the national stone of the tsarist Russia. They were so appreciated that the Russian mines were all excavated. Nowadays, the alexandrite mainly comes from Sri Lanka and Brazil.

Mines: Russia (the best quality), Brazil, India, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Myanmar, Madagascar and Zimbabwe

Healing properties of the alexandrite

  • It is generally considered as the stone of regeneration
  • The alexandrite would help to get better after surgery or after a long disease.
  • It would be useful in the treatment of infections from the pancreas and the spleen.
  • The alexandrite would help purifying blood.
  • It would help in the regeneration of skin.

/!\ Please note that all healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions.

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