June is possibly the only month that has three birthstones associated with it – moonstone, pearl, and the mysterious alexandrite. The June birthstone alexandrite was named after Russian Tsar Alexander II. It is said that he came of age the same day the stone was discovered, hence the name Alexandrite. Alexandrite became the national stone of Russia because of its red and green colors which are similar to the national military colors of imperial Russia.
Alexandrite is an incredibly rare and sought-after gemstone and is favored amongst collectors for its pleochroic effect, which means color changing. Its main color in sunlight varies in shades of green, with possible undertones of brown or blue. The most sought-after Alexandrite has a deep green or blue-green color in sunlight, changing to red or purple in incandescent lighting. It is for this reason many jewelers describe alexandrite as emerald by day and ruby by night!
Because of its natural beauty, rarity, and what it represents – good fortune and love, this mysterious gem has become a popular choice for engagement rings, particularly among brides born in June. It is no surprise that this gem would be fitting for June birthstone, the month of the Geminis; we all know about the split personalities, right?
So, if your bride is also born in June, then here are some popular designs of Alexandrite engagement rings to choose from.
Eden Engagement Ring:
This design of an engagement ring is inspired by nature. With the design of leaf and twisted shank, this engagement ring looks elegant, and an alexandrite will add a sparkle to this engagement ring.
Florence Vintage Engagement Ring:
Many jewelry designs are evergreen; one of them is Florence vintage engagement ring. An alexandrite at the center and diamonds surrounding it make the ring a perfect jewel to express love.
Pear-Shaped Engagement Ring:
An engagement ring with pear cut color-changing alexandrite and diamonds all around is a masterpiece to make your engagement day special and memorable. In this type of ring, you need to choose a big size alexandrite to reveal the real beauty of this gemstone.
Heart-shaped Engagement Ring
An engagement is a ceremony of love, so choosing a heart-shaped ring will be a good idea to express your emotions with a simple gesture. Alexandrite is a color-changing gemstone and a ring with one heart-shaped gemstone is enough to amaze everyone around.
Alexandrite is a part of the chrysoberyl family, but the color-change quality in alexandrite is actually caused by trace amounts of the mineral chromium. Fun fact: Chromium is also a trace element in beryl, giving emeralds their lush green color. When the first alexandrite was discovered, it was actually mistaken for an emerald.
Some Interesting Facts about Alexandrite
- Top-quality natural alexandrite can cost more than $30,000 per carat.
- The largest uncut gem-quality alexandrite specimen ever found is the Sauer Alexandrite that weighs 122,400 carats and was found in Bahia, Brazil, in 1967.
- Although alexandrite birthstone doesn’t have a very long history, it has been strongly associated with good fortune and is said to enhance creativity and focus.
- Alexandrite is now mined in parts of Africa, Brazil, and Sri Lanka although the gem is still extremely rare and valuable.
- Because of the gemstone’s rarity, many types of imitations and synthetics have been in the market since the early 1900s. Fake alexandrite from the 1920s was made out of the mineral corundum and then laced with chromium or vanadium to create the color-change effect
For more detailed information about the June birthstone alexandrite and its properties, visit our Alexandrite Education Section here.