discover alexandrite: the magical colour-changing gemstone

Are you looking for an engagement ring that will make a bold statement? Look no further than Alexandrite, with it's mesmerising colour changes that are simply magical. This stunning gemstone transforms from deep, luscious teal and green hues in artificial light to vivid reddish purple hues in natural daylight, making this stone truly unique and unforgettable.

But Alexandrite is more than just a pretty face! It's also strong and durable, with a hardness of 8.5 on the MOHs scale. For comparison, Sapphire sits at 9 on the scale, and Diamond is the hardest of all gemstones at 10. Alexandrite is a resilient stone that can handle being worn daily, and whether you're searching for an engagement ring or a special piece of jewellery to treasure, Alexandrite is a wonderful choice.

You might be wondering, where does Alexandrite come from? It can be found in nature, but it's a rare and precious stone that can be expensive. But don't worry, there's another option! Lab-grown Alexandrite provides the same stunning colour-change effect, but with a twist! Natural Alexandrite flashes from green to red in different lighting conditions, whereas it's lab-grown equivalent is changes from a mesmerising teal-blue colour to an elegant purple hue. Both stones are mind-bogglingly beautiful, but we must admit, here at Jessica Flinn we can't resist a stone that incorporates science and beauty!

Many of our engagement ring collections can be customised with either a lab-grown or natural Alexandrite, and we have designs available with lab-grown Alexandrite in our Ready in 6 weeks collection too! And if you're looking for something truly one-of-a-kind, our bespoke service can source different Alexandrite options to create a piece that's as unique as you are.

There are several famous pieces of Alexandrite jewellery. One of the most well-known is the Russian Imperial Crown, which was created for the coronation of Catherine the Great in 1762. The crown features a large Alexandrite in the centre, surrounded by diamonds and other precious gemstones.

In more recent years, Alexandrite has been used in several high-end jewellery collections, including those by renowned designers such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Bulgari. These pieces showcase the unique colour-changing properties of alexandrite and highlight its versatility as a gemstone.

So go ahead, choose the magic of Alexandrite and make a statement that's truly your own. And who knows, you might just inspire others to do the same! Let's make some sparkly, colour-changing magic together! 

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