The Chameleon of Gemstones
Alexandrite, also known as the ‘chameleon of gemstones’ is a very rare variety of chrysoberyl famed for its colour-changing properties. The stone will drastically change its colour depending on the nature of the light illuminating it, or sometimes even the angle it is being viewed at. The highest quality alexandrites, found in the Ural region of Russia are teal green in the daylight and raspberry red in the incandescent light from a lamp or candle. The colour of the minerals from The Hematita mine in Brazil will change from bluish green to bright red. Alexandrite also be found in Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Myanmar, Rhodesia and Tanzania.