Alexandrite engagement rings are becoming a very popular choice due to their beauty, their durability, and their uniqueness.
Alexandrite is a member of the chrysoberyl family of minerals. It is a unique gem because it can change color. During the day (or under florescent lights), it can be blue-green or a striking green color while it changes completely to shades of red at night. In fact it’s often referred to as an ‘emerald by day’ and a ‘ruby by night’.
Alexandrite is very durable. It is rated as a 8.5 on the Mohs scale (diamond is a 10). Since it is so durable, it is easy to clean, which makes it a good choice for engagement rings.
Choosing Alexandrite Engagement Rings
Alexandrite can be purchased for as little as $500.00 a carat, but this is typically a low-quality stone. Higher quality alexandrite is usually sold for $5,000 to $10,000 per carat. It all depends upon the stone’s clarity, cut, and color, as well as its color change characteristics.
The color and color change properties of alexandrite are the more important characteristics, the ones which lend themselves to the stones’ true value. The stones which are most highly valued are the ones which have the most dynamic change from a darker green to a deeper red at night. The stones which cost less change from a light green or a light blue to a pale red at night.
For a stone to be even classified as alexandrite its color must change at least 30% from day to night. The most valuable alexandrite gemstones display a 100% color change.
This gemstone is very challenging to cut; choosing a custom cut engagement ring will increase its value (and its price).
The Meaning of Alexandrite
Because it is so rare, alexandrite is associated with good luck and fortune. It is also said to bring about love and pleasure to the wearer, making it a wonderful choice for an engagement stone.