Emerald by Day, Ruby by Night

AlexandriteThis colour changing chrysoberyl was first discovered in 1834 in Russia. This was around the same time that the Russian Tsar Alexander II was in power and therefore it was given the name Alexandrite. It is an extremely rare gemstone and is therefore not often found in jewelry. This gemstone is not fascinating at first, but once you have seen it in the light it has a unique beauty.

Alexandrite is one the most valuable gemstones due to a few reasons. The main reason is its amazing ability to change colour. It is a greenish-bluish colour in the daylight and reddish-purplish colour in incandescent lights. The ideal colour change is from an emerald green to a purple red, but this is extremely rare. The more distinct the change in colour, the more valuable the Alexandrite is. Alexandrite is also valuable because it has a very scarce chemical composition and has a hardness of 8.5 on Mohs Scale. Alexandrite is primarily found in Russia, but has also more recently been found in Tanzania, Sri Lanka and Brazil. Any Alexandrite that is over one carat is some of the most expensive gemstones in the world and range in price from $50,000 to $1,000,000.

Here at Secret Sapphire we offer a wide variety of gemstones in different pieces such as ring, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Come in to 493 Davie Street to have a look at our collection.