With the wedding season on, the new age couple is slowly shifting from the idea of diamonds instead, they are opting for rarer and cheek gems as the alexandrite stone. In the good ol’ days, there was a search for a stone which was termed to be ‘emerald by day & ruby by night’. This very stone in modern times came out to be known as an Alexandrite engagement ring. It is truly astonishing as to the variety of gems there are out there, each having its own specialty. Read on to know what this stone is all about. What is Alexandrite Engagement Ring? Alexandrite is a color-changing stone. It is of the chrysoberyl variety. This stone is rare and it’s rarer than an actual colorless diamond. There can be several hoax sellers out there, so you might as well be aware. Here is what you should know before purchasing one of these precious stones. This stone changes color from green to red. When outside in the sunlight, the stone is green in color but when inside under man-made lighting such as light bulbs, the stone turns red or reddish-purple. The stone’s unique color-changing feature is what attracts its customers more. Though alexandrite engagement rings are semi-precious gemstones, they are gaining intense popularity amongst the new generation of youth. While the more traditional gemstones of choice are diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds, many individuals are looking for alternative options for economic reasons as well as the desire to be unique. This stone is a competition for diamond as it stands 8.5/10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale while that of a diamond is 10. The Alexandrite stone has a deep connection with astrology as this is a birthstone for those who are born in June. This stone is also used as a ‘celebration stone’ for when a couple has crossed 55 years of marriage. What are alexandrite stones known for? Their unique color-changing feature. The stone’s durability. The rarity of the stone. A great competition for a real diamond. Also Read: Meet The Cullinan Diamond: The Largest Diamond In The World Identify your Alexandrite An Alexandrite engagement ring purity is judged by the color it possesses. A real alexandrite stone’s color is green or bluish-green and after the change, it is red or purplish-red. The alexandrite stones grown in labs are bluer and when a change of light takes place, it’s more purple. The luster of stones also plays an important role in judging the quality of these stones. A good quality natural stone changes fully from green to red and vice versa. There won’t be any traces of green in the red and red in the green. Natural alexandrite engagement ring with full-color change is extremely rare and takes a lot of effort in identifying the stone from a fake one. A fake alexandrite stone won’t change color, and if it does, the color would be completely different like a brown or grey. The lower quality of the Alexandrite engagement ring can be easily identified as they leave traces of purple in the green and traces of blue in the red. The more intensified the transition of color and more colorful the shades, the greater will be the price of the stone. Lab-grown alexandrite gem: How should you identify it? Lab-grown alexandrite stones are similar to natural stones in terms of composition, color change, hardness, luster, etc. The only difference between a lab-grown alexandrite stone and a natural alexandrite stone is that the green color of the stone has more of a blue tint and the red has more of a purple tint. Healing features of alexandrite stones Alexandrite stones are said to have regenerative powers. This stone is known for courage, helping the wearer to face changes and challenges without any fear. Alexandrite stones help in centering oneself, rebuilding self-esteem, and amplifying the potential to feel joy and beauty. Wearing such stones as rings or pendants has a lot of health benefits. Since the discovery of the Alexandrite gemstone, it has been claimed that the stone brings you luck, flowers you with good fortune, and helps you find love. It is known to be a stone that gives off a good vibe. It is also believed to bring balance to the astral world; between the physical and spiritual world. Are natural alexandrite stones easy to find? These gems don’t occur naturally on earth hence they may get exhausted in the coming future. There are only a few natural deposits of this stone. Hence this rarity of the stone makes it almost exciting to have a natural alexandrite stone. The best quality Alexandrite stone was found in Russia’s Ural Mountains and any alexandrite certified to be of this origin is very highly valued in the market. Your personal guide on how to pick natural alexandrite gem. People opting for a Natural Alexandrite engagement ring should check size, shape, color and color change, clarity, and certification. Keep a close check on how the color changes. If the color changes fully then it’s a natural gem. If the color of the gem changes moderately with a slight tint of green in red or red in green, that would prove the gem’s quality. Also, the Alexandrite engagement ring is judged by the quality of both its colors. How light or dark the stone is, also adds up to its beauty and the intensity of either color shows the purity of the stone. The natural Alex stones are extremely bright. People looking for the jewelry with this stone should look for strong or moderately strong saturation. Anything less or more than this or if the stones have greyish or brownish tint would be a complete worthless purchase. The cut and clarity of the Alexandrite engagement ring People who are going to buy an Alexandrite engagement ring should make sure the stone is clean, that is in which the inclusions are not visible completely; known as “slightly included.” An Alexandrite gem that possesses more inclusions shouldn’t be purchased as these inclusions reduce the gem’s beauty. These stones do not naturally occur in chunks. The ore is small in size hence to retain the whole of the component and its weight, these gems are cut in the shapes of crystals such as oval, round, square, etc. Most of the Alexandrite is less than one carat. Due to less cutting of the stone to retain most of its weight, alexandrite stone lacks fine cut quality. It entirely depends on the buyer and the ornament used, how the stone is to be cut. Some people may prefer fine cut stones or different shapes but that would result in less weight, or you can go for a slighter asymmetrical design for saving up most of its weight and value. Beware of what you buy Buyers should always go for certified jewelry. As there are a lot of hoax gems in the market, one should always take care that they are taking proper certification from the seller. Certification can be done in many gem labs or by any gemological agency. There are so many sellers out in the market who are selling simulated stones. A “simulant” is a fake version of the gem, which will tend to look like an Alexandrite engagement ring but won’t show similar properties. These stimulants are also termed as- Alex stone. This is really important to know as simulants either don’t switch colors or if they do change, they change to the wrong color. Most of these simulated stones are not as durable as the naturally occurred ones. So, if you are searching for an Alexandrite engagement ring, keep in mind that, not all antique pieces of this stone that you see will be real. Always buy your stones from trusted and verified stores so that you can wear your gem without getting worried. Also Read: Perfectly Imperfect Natural Rustic Diamond Necklace How can you pair your Alex with other stones? A precious Alexandrite engagement ring can be used with numerous simple settings like-sterling silver, metals, and even expensive platinum. You can opt for an engagement ring with an Alex stone in the center and smaller diamonds on the sides, or you can pair it with other colored gems such as emerald or sapphire. A heart-shaped alexandrite stone with a rose gold band would look extremely elegant and stylish. One can go for thicker bands with alexandrite engagement rings of different shades dotted throughout the ring. Depending on the particular hue of the alexandrite, rose gold can be an amazing choice of metal for the setting. For pendants, a single stone chain is the best option. Or you can go with putting two Alex stones together and a larger diamond below these stones. For bracelets, one can go for a band type bracelet, with small stones set one after the other with alternating diamonds in between. One can get a bracelet with a single stone in the middle and a full band of emerald stones. A bracelet like this would up the game and can look 100% elite and classy. The Alexandrite engagement ring looks the best with silver, gold, white gold, or rose gold. Black silver with this stone as a ring would look stunning as a wedding engagement ring. For earrings, one can choose from a variety of designs is the simple stud design, the halo design or the twisted stones design, or a mix of different gems together. How much is it worth? The Alexandrite engagement ring is an expensive stone as it is so rare and its manufacturing has always been in limited amounts. Russia being the only source of alexandrite production a long time back, the country has exhausted itself of this particular gem. The Alexandrite engagement ring has a hardness of 8.5, making it quite the supreme gemstone. It is just as beautiful as it is rare. However, it is also hard and tough enough to be set and used in any kind of jewelry- bracelets, earrings, and most importantly rings. About prices the sizes up to one carat, these high-quality natural gems can cost you about $15,000/carat. More than one carat, the cost can go from $50,000/carat to $70,000/ carat. Conclusion Thoughts Fine alexandrite engagement ring and jewelry can be purchased from jewelers specializing in colored gemstones, at trade events, from TV sellers, online jewelry stores, high-end jewelry auctions, or online from websites specialized in alexandrite. Go ahead and choose your jewelry, shape, size, or get custom made items with this stone set to make your attire look classy and cheek.