Published on May 24, 2020
Alexandrite is believed to be a stoneof prosperity and longevity. It creates a balance between mind and emotions, pacifies soul and stimulates spiritual growth. It is a rare mineral variety of Chrysoberyl. In the daylight it looks bluish-greenand in the artificial light it appears red, crimson, purple-red or violet-red.This precious gemstone was discovered on April 17th, 1834 in one of Emerald mines in Ural Mountains (Russia).
Physical Properties of Alexandrite
Due to its dense-green color, the Alexandrite was first mistaken for Emerald. But it was found to be harder than an emerald, and in the candlelight, it reflected a blood-red fire. In most minerals, trace elements like chromium provides only one colour to the mineral but in alexandrite, it gives it two. The color of the specimen of Alexandrite depends on the character of light that hits the crystal. If the light is natural sunlight or fluorescent light, the crystal stays green; however, if the light is incandescent light from a common indoor light bulb, then the crystal appears red.
Alexandrite has a hardness rate of 8.5 on the Mohs scale. It has excellent toughness and no cleavage. This makes it a good choice for rings and other mountings subject to daily wear.Alexandrite is a type II clarity stone. Itsometimescontains fluorite, apatite, mica platlets, rutile and multi-phase inclusions along with negative crystals, fingerprints, liquid inclusions, needles and hollow tubes. Alexandrite has a bright vitreousluster.
Metaphysical Properties of Alexandrite
Alexandrite is believed to stimulate luck, good fortune and love byhelping maintain balance in the interaction between the physical manifest world and the unmanifest spiritual, or astral world. It is also said to strengthen intuition, creativity, and imagination.Alexandrite helps maintain emotional balance, brings confidence and increases self-esteem. It is said to have regenerative powers, assisting one in returning to the origin of time to connect to the beginning of one’s being, which facilitates understanding ofone’s soul.
Healing properties of Alexandrite
Alexandrite is a stone with strong healing powers; it reacts to a change in the wearer's health by changing its color. Alexandrite is believed to improve blood circulation, purify blood and strengthen blood vessels; it also positively influences spleen and pancreas.
Alexandrite is told to be useful to help treat pancreatic disorders, swollen lymph nodes and ailments of the spleen, as well as in the treatment and regeneration of neurological tissue on the cellular level.