Keywords: Joy and wisdom, Release of sorrow
Element: Wind, Water
Chakras: Heart (4th), Third Eye (6th), Crown (7th)
Alexandrite is a variety of Chrysoberyl, a beryllium aluminium oxide with a hardness of 8.5. It is one of the hardest gemstones, second only to diamond and corundum. It crystal pattern is orthorhombic, and it sometimes forms in hexagonal-looking twinned crystals. It was discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia in 1830, on the birthday of Czar Alexander II, and was named after him. The magic of Alexandrite is in its property of color change-it is light red or red-purple in incandescent artificial light and green or blue-green in daylight. In addition to Russia, Alexandrites have been found in Sri Lanka, South Africa, Burma, Brazil, Madagascar and the United States. The largest cut gem, weighing sixty-six carats, is in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Alexandrite is one of the world’s rarest gemstones, and the finest specimens are more costly than Diamonds.