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Alexandrite

Tsarstone collectors guide

Alexandrite gemstone buyer and jewelry collector guide

"Beauty, durability and rarity; such are the three cardinal virtues of a perfect gemstone. Stones lacking any of them cannot aspire to high place in the ranks of the precious stones." G.F. Herbert Smith (1872 - 1953)

Timeline

1723 - 2000

According to a widely popular but controversial story, alexandrite was discovered by the Finnish mineralogist Nils Gustaf Nordenskjold, (1792 -1866) on the tsaravitch Alexander´s sixteenth birthday on April 17, 1834 and named alexandrite in honor of the future Tsar of the Russian Empire.

History and mystery, fiction and reality, still the story of alexandrite is forever linked to the last of the Russian Tsars. More than any other gemstone, alexandrite has captured and captivated the interest of collectors and connoisseurs since its discovery in the Ural mountains almost 200 years ago. And despite its short history, this remarkable and very scarce gemstone has already been ascribed with a variety of magical properties, stories and a noble history.

See Chronological History of Alexandrite

The definitive guide - how to select, buy, care for and enjoy gemstone varieties of chrysoberyl
ChaptersArticlesResources
Chapter 1. Insidious Siberian
Chapter 2. Diaphanite or Alexandrite?
Chapter 3. Species and variety
Chapter 4. Classification and properties
Chapter 5. The Alexandrite effect
Chapter 6. World occurrences
Chapter 7. Synthetics and imitations
Chapter 8. Myths, legends and lore
Chapter 9. Alexandrite buyer's guide
Chronological History of Alexandrite
Methods of producing synthetic alexandrite
Synthetic gemstone growth techniques
The Alexandrite Laser
Frequently Asked Questions
Glossary of Terms
Bibliography

Bibliographic details
Page title Alexandrite Gemstone Buyer and Jewelry Collector Guide
Author David Weinberg
Website title Alexandrite Tsarstone Collectors Guide
Date published 03 July 2010 04:54 UTC
Date accessed 31 October 2014 19:09 UTC
Permanent link http://www.alexandrite.net/viewpage.html?id=ALXS-002-00001
AMA style
David Weinberg. "Alexandrite Gemstone Buyer and Jewelry Collector Guide". In Alexandrite Tsarstone Collectors Guide. July 03, 2010, 04:54 UTC. Available at: http://www.alexandrite.net/viewpage.html?id=ALXS-002-00001. Accessed October 31, 2014.
APA style
"Alexandrite Gemstone Buyer and Jewelry Collector Guide". (2010, July 03). In Alexandrite Tsarstone Collectors Guide. Retrieved 19:09, October 31, 2014, from http://www.alexandrite.net/viewpage.html?id=ALXS-002-00001.
Bluebook style
"Alexandrite Gemstone Buyer and Jewelry Collector Guide", http://www.alexandrite.net/viewpage.html?id=ALXS-002-00001 (last visited October 31, 2014).
Bluebook: Harvard JOLT style
See Alexandrite Tsarstone Collectors Guide, "Alexandrite Gemstone Buyer and Jewelry Collector Guide", http://www.alexandrite.net/viewpage.html?id=ALXS-002-00001 (Alexandrite gemstone buyer and jewelry collector guide holds information on history, lore, value and properties of the chrysoberyl varieties, including alexandrite and cymophane gemstones.) (as of Oct. 31, 2014, 19:09 GMT).
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David Weinberg. "Alexandrite Gemstone Buyer and Jewelry Collector Guide". In Alexandrite Tsarstone Collectors Guide. 2010 Jul 03, 04:54 UTC.[Internet], Alexandrite Tsarstone Collectors Guide; 2010 Jul 03, 04:54 UTC [cited 2014 Oct 31]. Available from: http://www.alexandrite.net/viewpage.html?id=ALXS-002-00001.
Chicago style
David Weinberg, "Alexandrite Gemstone Buyer and Jewelry Collector Guide", http://www.alexandrite.net/viewpage.html?id=ALXS-002-00001, (accessed October 31, 2014).
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"Alexandrite Gemstone Buyer and Jewelry Collector Guide". Alexandrite Tsarstone Collectors Guide. 03 Jul 2010, 04:54 UTC. 31 Oct 2014 http://www.alexandrite.net/viewpage.html?id=ALXS-002-00001
MHRA style
David Weinberg, "Alexandrite Gemstone Buyer and Jewelry Collector Guide", Alexandrite Tsarstone Collectors Guide, 03 July 2010, 04:54 UTC, http://www.alexandrite.net/viewpage.html?id=ALXS-002-00001 [accessed 31 October 2014].
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