Alexandrite shopping confusion!

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I know quite a bit about these stones. My gradma owns one and I also have a friend who is a jeweler and is a big fan of alexandrite. A real mined alexandrite of very good quality costs much more than a diamond of the same size. They are very rare and very expensive stones. However you can get a lab created or a completely fake one for much cheaper. The only problem is that the completrely fake ones are actually covered with some sort of “paint” and it chips-off over time and the stone stops changing color. At least thats what happend to my fake one (was may be 100-200 dollars, bought 50 years ago). I do not know anything abouyt lab-created vs fake, I just know that that is a non-real stone and honestly it doesnt really last…

Post # 4
1843 posts
Buzzing bee

Hi! My niece actually went for a lab Alexandrite. And I know what you mean. Most of the “lab” Alex you find on Ebay is not really synthetic Alex, which would have sale composition as natural. It is more of mere colored glass. The best lab Alex can be quite expensive, although certainly nos as near the cost of naturals which as PP said, which can be more expensive than diamonds by a ton. Good luck.


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