Those of you with June birthdays are the only ones lucky enough to have 3 different birthstones to choose from.
The rarest and most expensive of them is the alexandrite. Alexandrite is the color-change variety of the mineral chrysoberyl. In natural daylight (or similar), the stone is usually slightly yellowish to bluish green with gray overtones. When viewed in incandescent light, it changes to a brownish red or purplish red color. The more intense and crisp the color-change, the more expensive the alexandrite. This color-change property has prompted poets to describe alexandrite “emerald by day and ruby by night”.
The stone was first found in the Ural Mountains in Czarist Russia in 1830. It was named for the crown prince Alexander, who became Czar Alexander II. Today, very little alexandrite is found in Russia. Now its most important sources are Brazil and Sri Lanka.
Alexandrite has a hardness of 8 1/2 on the Mohs scale, so it is a very wearable stone. Larger stones are, however, very rare, with only a few being on display in museums around the world.
If alexandrite is out of your budget, or you are looking for something a bit larger, you’re in luck! The other options are moonstone, a variety of feldspar, or pearls.
Moonstone has a billowy, floating light about it called adularescence and it comes in various colors and larger sizes.
Pearls allow shape variety by opting for either the fresh water or the South Sea variety. And of course, there’s always the classic round pearls.
What ever your preference, we have many exciting things to look at, including loose gemstones, here at URBAN JEWELERS.