Old Ring... Genuine Alexandrite??
(Elmwood Park, IL )
Possible Alexandrite Ring?
Hi, I have a very old ring that is 14k gold and the stone changes colors when in natural light and indoor lighting. I've only really seen 2 colors: a teal/blue (maybe) and a purple. Someone told me it might be a genuine alexandrite. The ring is beautiful and I would love to know more about it. The stone is about 3-carats.
I'd cannot wear it because it extends out so much so I'm wondering about changing the setting but I don't want to make a big mistake... any info would be so appreciated!
At Everything Wedding Rings I receive a lot of questions about whether a ring is possibly a genuine alexandrite or not.
As with most gemstones, the only way to truly know if you have a real alexandrite ring is to have the ring assessed by a certified gemologist. However, because alexandrite is so rare and so highly valuable it is unlikely that most of these rings contain true alexandrite - especially rings that are made with high carat sized gemstones.
You most likely have a color change chrysoberyl gemstone or a synthetic gemstone. A real alexandrite ring of this size would literally be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars - and rings of this value are unlikely to fall into estate sales, antique malls and such.
Synthetic alexandrite has been produced since the 1960s so even if the ring is a vintage ring it could be a synthetic. But I suspect what you have is a color change chrysoberyl or a synthetically produced gemstone of some kind.
I hope this information helps to yield some clues about your ring, unfortunately it is highly doubtful that it is a real alexandrite gemstone.
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