Synthetic Color Change Corundum Imitation Alexandrite Sterling Silver Ring - Size 8
Alexandrite beryl is one of the rarest and most valuable of all colored stones. Originally discovered in the 19th century in the Ural Mountains, the stone was an immediate sensation for its almost magical color-changing ability. Of the very finest Alexandrite is said the phrase "emerald by day, ruby by night" because of the cool green color the stone shows in daylight, and the rich red like ruby it reveals in artificial light. The original discovery of Alexandrite did not last very long, and the entire inventory was owned by the Russian Imperial family. Red and green just happened to be the colors of the Russian Empire, so it was a natural fit.
Nowadays, there is limited production of Alexandrite, but none has come close to the quality of the original find in Russia. Due to this, most of us will unfortunately never get to own a real Alexandrite, luckily science has stepped in for the rest of us. Although Alexandrite is the best known stone with color-change effect, it is not the only one. Garnets, corundum, spinels and others can also have color-change, to a lesser degree.
This ring features a lab-created color-change corundum round cut, set in a beautiful sterling silver ring. It is very hard to capture accurately the colors of the stone as it is actually showing two colors at the same time, (which is what causes its appearance to seemingly change in different lighting conditions) but they are a greenish blue color like teal, and an almost violetish purple. The greenish blue color is more dominant, but when you put the stone under iridescent light it is very solidly purple, closer to amethyst in color than ruby.
Marked "BBJ 925"
Note: In the video, a circular polarizing lens is being used, which is causing the apparent color of the stone to change. This is an effect that can only be seen under different lighting conditions; the polarizing filter helps to more easily demonstrate what it would like.