Alexandrite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

Alexandrite - 4.85cts. Amazing Russian Alexandrite Oval Gemstone

Alexandrite - 4.85cts. Amazing Russian Alexandrite Oval Gemstone

Alexandrite is a remarkable gem. It is one of the finest color change stones in nature, resembling fine emerald or ruby, depending on the light source. It is so rare, that most people have never seen one. Yet, when the modern list of birthstones was assembled, it was listed as June'’s birthstone.

Alexandrite Value

Chrysoberyl Value via Gem Price Guide

Top Color: styG, YG, gY 3/4

Faceted1 to 7 carats
Color Change$⊝⊝⊝ to $⊝⊝⊝,000/ctPremium Data for Gold Members
Fine Green$⊝⊝⊝ to $⊝⊝⊝/ctPremium Data for Gold Members.
Bright Yellow$⊝⊝⊝ to $⊝⊝⊝/ctPremium Data for Gold Members
Brownish Yellow$⊝⊝⊝ to $⊝⊝⊝/ctPremium Data for Gold Members
Cat’s EyeAll sizes
$⊝⊝⊝/ctPremium Data for Gold Members to $⊝⊝⊝/ctPremium Data for Gold Members

Alexandrite Value via Gem Price Guide

Top Color: G 5/2 and R or slpR 5/3

Facetedto .5 carat.5 to 1 carat1 carat plus
Top Red/Green$⊝⊝⊝ to $⊝⊝⊝/ctPremium Data for Gold Members$⊝⊝⊝ to $⊝⊝⊝/ctPremium Data for Gold Membersto $⊝⊝⊝,000,000/ctPremium Data for Gold Members
Medium Red/Green$⊝⊝⊝ to $⊝⊝⊝$⊝⊝⊝ to $⊝⊝⊝/ctPremium Data for Gold Membersto $⊝⊝⊝,000/ctPremium Data for Gold Members
Slight Red/Green$⊝⊝⊝ to $⊝⊝⊝/ctPremium Data for Gold Membersto $⊝⊝⊝/ctPremium Data for Gold Members

 

Cabochons.3 to 1.5 carat1.5 carats plus
Strong red/green$⊝⊝⊝ to $⊝⊝⊝/ctPremium Data for Gold Membersto $⊝⊝⊝,000/ctPremium Data for Gold Members

 

Cat’s EyeAll sizes
Strong red/green$⊝⊝⊝ to $⊝⊝⊝/ctPremium Data for Gold Members

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Alexandrite Information

DataValue
NameAlexandrite
Is a Variety ofChrysoberyl
Crystallography Orthorhombic
Refractive Index 1.746 – 1.755
Hardness 8.5
Specific Gravity 3.68 – 3.80
Cleavage Distinct to poor, 1 direction
Heat SensitivityNo
Wearability Excellent
Enhancements None known
Special Care InstructionsNone
BirthstoneJune
FormulaBeAl2O4 + Fe, Ti
CHRYSOBERYL: Alexandrite. USSR (~6 carats); incandescent light

CHRYSOBERYL: Alexandrite. USSR (~6 carats); incandescent light

CHRYSOBERYL: Alexandrite. USSR (~6 carats); daylight

CHRYSOBERYL: Alexandrite. USSR (~6 carats); daylight

Emerald by day and a Ruby by night!

Alexandrite is a remarkable gem. It is one of the finest color change stones in nature, resembling fine emerald or ruby, depending on the light source. It is so rare, that most people have never seen one. Yet, when the modern list of birthstones was assembled, it was listed as June’s birthstone.

Alexandrite has a distinguished and glamorous past. It was first discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia in 1830. The Russian imperial colors ware red and green, so it made quite a hit. It was named after Czar Alexander II’s at his coming of age ceremony.

The original source closed after only a few decades of mining. Today they have been reopened, but only produce a few carats a year. In 1987, a new find of alexandrite was made in Brazil. Later, alexandrite discoveries were made in Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Myanmar, and Zimbabwe. However, none of these sites produces as rich and vivid a color change as the original Russian source.

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Grading Alexandrite

Alexandrite is a color change variety of chrysoberyl. The closer the colors are to pure green and red, the higher the value. The second consideration is the amount of color change. Alexandrite can exhibit everything from 100% to just 5% color change.

Clarity is another significant grading factor. As with most gems, the majority of what nature offers us is cabbing grade, not clean facetable material. However, with alexandrite, the color change has more effect on value than clarity. For example, say you had two gems weighing a half-carat each. One gem is eye clean, with a 50% brownish/red to greenish/blue color change. The other, an opaque cab with a 100% green to red color change, would be higher in value.

Size is always a significant factor in value. The largest alex known is a yellow/green gem weighing 74.4 carats. The largest Russian gems are about 30 carats. However, the vast majority of alexandrites are under one carat. You can see this reflected in our Price Guide. In sizes up to one carat, top quality natural gems sell for $15,000. Over one carat, the prices range from $50,000 to $1,000,000 per carat!

Distinguishing Natural Alexandrite

We receive many emails asking what an inherited gem is worth. Most people do not realize that there are many synthetic alexandrites and look alikes on the market. Some of these have been available nearly as long as the natural gem.

While determining the exact origin of a gem is a matter for professionals, here is a brief guideline. If the gem has good clarity, strong color change, reasonable size, and your grandmother was not exceptionally wealthy, it is most likely a synthetic.

Also see “The Misconception and Erroneous Marketing of Alexandrite Vs Color Change Chrysoberyl”


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