Post # 16
I have a lab Alexandrite and it changes colors beautifully sometimes its midnight purple or purple with blue flecks or pinkinh purple or redish pink or green. The color change is very noticeable but its hard to get pictures of certian colors such as the green and redish pink.
Post # 17
MoonlightSiren: so beautiful. I think you capturethe color change nicely.
Post # 19
SO ordered me some earrings for my birthday, I’ll post them in a few days when I get them
Post # 20
shoutouttoallthepear: perfect and happy birthday btw!!!
Post # 21
mtmt1311: PPs are right in saying that natural alexandrite with good size, clarity, and color change is rare and VERY expensive, so lab created is a very good alternateive.
One thing to watch out for though, is that while in different pure light settings, you get a fairly pure color, but in mixed light (incandescent AND flourescent or LED or CFL, etc) they can look fairly muddy and unattractive. Most people don’t spend a lot of time in a place with a single type of light, so it’s very important to see an alexandrite in person, hopefully in the types of lighting environments that you spend the most time in, before purchasing.
I’ll also second PPs on other color change gems, with color change sapphires and garnets being my favorite. Sapphires are a bit more durable than alexandrite and garnet a bit less, but as long as you get to see the gems before making a final decision (CHECK RETURN POLICIES), you will have a beautiful and unique ring.
Post # 22
My grandmother has an 12ct natural Alexandrite ring. It was orginally part of a necklace brought back from India when my great uncle was an engineer. I guess there were orginally 5-6 same sized stones in the necklace. Could you imagine?! My great aunt said it was a bit much and split it up between her sisters. It is hands down the best Alexandrite I have ever seen it changes from a deep purple to a turquoise.r One day it will be mine but for now my grandma is its keeper.
Post # 23
Belongs to my grandma. But according to her it goes to me next. From the 1950’s, natural alexanderite with diamond side stones. If I had to guess I would say it’s about 11x8mm maybe a little more or less. I LOVE IT. It only photographs purple on my cell phone. But in person it also goes to deep violet, a navy blue and a sea green or almost emerald as well.
Post # 25
herrera2016: if that is s genuine alex it is worth probably $50,000 plus! Post a pic of it looking green outside in natural light.
Post # 26
mrstodd2bee: I can try next time I am out there (at my grandma’s) . The only issue I had last time is that on my phone screen it is always purple. Even when it is super green looking at the same time when I am looking at it. I was wondering if it’s an issue with digital cameras? In the first photo I am by a huge glass door and I was trying to photograph it as green. But on my phone it was still purple. But my phone back then was also really crappy.
Post # 27
mrstodd2bee: WOAH apparently this is a real issue! lol
5. If you pick up your normal camera and take a photo of the gem in daylight and the picture resembles what you see with your eyes (ie a green gemstone) then you’re either a very talented photographer OR the gem you have is not Alexandrite. Due to the way the gem reacts, it’s virtually impossible to photograph accurately. Even with natural Alexandrite, the gem will photograph as a purple colour (even though you’re looking at a green gem and it’s poor quality and you’ve never seen it colour change)!
It’s on how to tell if your stone is real or fake
Post # 28
I have an Alexandrite ring and necklace. Both smaller stones but both beautiful. They are both in rose gold and both 3 to 5 grand if I remember correctly.