Indian alexandrite

The first mines in Deobhog began to produce some alexandrite in 2000. Since then mining has been limited to certain times of the year due to rains and monsoons flood the mines for several months. Mines are usually closed from June to August. In December of 2004 many existing coastal mines were inundated by tsunami, effectively shutting down the alexandrite production. Still, Deobhog is currently producing the bulk of today's alexandrite, but the focus of the current mining is in Andrha Pradesh province near the city of Vishakhapatnam in the towns of Narsipattnanm and Araku.