Alexandrite: The June Birthstone

The Alexandrite is a rare color changing gemstone. The June birthstone comes in a variety of different shades, but the most popular is purple that changes to teal. The color variation means that no two stones are exactly the same!


The Alexandrite is a more modern discovery compared to other gemstones. It was founded in 1839 by Emerald miners in Russia. It was named after the reigning Czar of that time and was deemed the national stone of Russia due to its color changing abilities. 

This stone became so popular among the wealthy, that most of the Russian Alexandrites were mined by the end of the 19th century. However, just when these stones were thought to be extinct, these stones were discovered in Sri Lanka and later on in Brazil. This stone has become one of the most rare gemstones, second only to the Tanzanite. It is highly coveted even today.


Alexandrite is known to bring luck, good fortune and love and in Russia, it is considered to be a stone of very good omen. As the June birthstone, it is said to bring the wearer great luck and energy during its birthstone month.  

Practitioners also believe this stone is able to bring balance between the physical and the astral world and can open the crown chakra, bringing the welder warm, healing energy and love from the universe. It is useful for emotional well being,  and promotes self-esteem.

This stone can help those with self-discipline let loose and feel joy more intensely. It reminds the wearer of purpose and gives hope to thoughts of despair. With its color changing ability, it is a reminder that life is not only what it seems to be.

Special Properties

Alexandrite has the ability to change color if exposed to a light source that is rich. Under candlelight or artificial light, the stone turns red. This pronounced color change is highly prized and is often seen in Russian stones. 

The most valuable Alexandrites turn from purple to green. The most drastic color changes are the most desirable and these are often found in Brazil and Sri Lanka. Norally, there is a color bleed from one color to the other and because of this color change, the stone has often been called “Emerald by day, Ruby by night.” 

Final Thoughts

The Alexandrite, the color changing stone that took the world by surprise is just one of the June birthstones. Its different shades and abilities ties the wearer of a June birthday together in harmony. 

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