JUNE – ALEXANDRITE
Alexandrite is bluish green in color but it turns into purple-red or violet when it is
exposed to daylight. It was first discovered in Russian emerald mines and named after the then
reigning prince of Russia, Alexander II. Alexandrite is a scarce formation of the mineral chrysoberyl
and has some hints of chromium – the coloring agent that makes this gem change its color.
Today, alexandrite, the June birthstone is mined in Burma, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Brazil,
India and Madagascar, but a fine stone is very rare and thus extremely valued. It is believed to
enhance intuition, imagination and creativity. It also has the healing powers to cure Leukemia,
illnesses related to the spleen and pancreas, and promote regeneration of neurological muscles.