The most celebrated color-change gem is chrysoberyl’s alexandrite. It transitions from a bluish green in daylight to an orangey red in incandescent lighting. It is known as the traditional June birthstone. Alexandrites major sources are Brazil, Sri Lanka, and Russia. In fact, it is named after Russian Czar Alexander II where it was first discovered, in the Ural Mountains of Russia. The rare gem commands high prices for its unique phenomenon. Alexandrite’s color change characteristic represents adaptability and acceptance.


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