Alexandrite is a very rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl that exhibirts the extraordinary phenomenon of color-change, appearing blue/green in daylight and red/purple in incandescent light. Referred to as “emerald by day, ruby by night,” alexandrite value is mainly determined by the purity of the green and red color and how dramatic the color change is. Because alexandrite is so rare, few people have seen this gemstone in person but when you design a ring with us, we source it so you can see it in person or in high definition video and photography. Alexandrite was first discovered in Russian in the early 19th century, and named for Alexander II. Much of the alexandrite used in engagement rings is lab created because the stone is so scarce. One of the June birthstones, Alexandrite is said to promote healing energy and is associated with the crown chakra.
Rare and chameleon-like, an alexandrite is a bold and unexpected choice for your engagement ring. Regardless of the setting you chose, an alexandrite engagement ring will skew alternative because it’s such an uncommon gemstone and its color is so hard to pin down. Alexandrite creates a strikingly cool contrast when paired with a white metal, but a rose gold setting creates a warm, radiant effect. Watch the video to lean more about designing an alexandrite engagement ring.
See some of the rings we’ve designed using Alexandrites to get inspired.
If you want to guarantee you have a ring that no one else will have anything similar to, choose an alexandrite. Besides being a very rare stone, alexandrites are also not well known. If you don’t mind being asked about your stone a lot, it’s a great choice for an unconventional engagement ring. If you want a timeless or classic engagement ring, alexandrite is not the best option.
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Many gemstones including alexandrite have lab created counterparts that are eco-friendly and more budget-friendly.
We can work with you in-person at our studio or set up a video call to help you take the first step toward designing a ring. Design consultations are complementary and we’ll give you a quick call before your meeting to make sure we can help you.