Happy Birthday to all those June babies! Today we celebrate Alexandrite which is one of the three common June birthstones; Alexandrite, Pearl and Moonstone. Pearl has been traditionally been the most common birthstone but Alexandrite had become a more modern representation in the US and elsewhere for June birthstones.
Alexandrite was discovered in the 18th century by Nils Nordenskiöld in 1834 in Russia and is named for the Emperor of the Russian Empire, King Alexander who was just a few days old when this stone was officially named. This stone was rare and was only afforded by the elite of that time. This stone has a strong historical connection with the Russian Royalty of that time.
In 1881, when King Alexander died, Alexandrite became a symbol of the Russian Monarchy and was seen as a representation of his soul. Later, when Prince Alexander was found executed just 40 miles from where this stone was originally discovered; there became a greater interest in the meaning of this stone for those in Russia and Europe.
Color and Healing Powers:
The stone is yellowish or brownish green in color and has a unique characteristic of changing color to a red hue when exposed to light. It has been characterized by poets as "an emerald by day, a ruby by night." It is said to bring joy and good fortune.
Alexandrite is known as a stone that can remove toxins from the body, especially the circulatory system and is used to heal/cure problems with the spleen and pancreas. The color changes in the stone may indicate changes in the blood sugar levels of the body, for example or can be related to the emotions of the owner. It is said that the stone can bring calm and peace of mind.
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