(1837, from Alexander I, Russian emperor)
A variety ofchrysoberyl that exhibits the colour green by sunlight and red-violet by artifitial light.
Alexandrite, a rare gemstone, is considered to have regenerative power. It is thought to bring emotional and mental aspects into balance, to reinforce self-esteem and enhance one's ability to experience joy. It is treasured as a magical gemstone in the Orient, bringing good fortune to its owner. It has been used in the treatment of disorders of the nervous system, spleen and pancreas, and has helped with disorders associated with leukemia. Alexandrite is one of the birthstones for June (with pearl and moonstone), symbolising health and longevity, and is Friday's gem.
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