Hi Marc, I just got home from work and my husband said, Come look. On the window sill in its box was the Blue Zircon. It had just arrived. The invoice and certificate arrived yesterday. How absolutely beautiful, it’s all that I was looking for!!! I love the color and the cut. Is this a step cut? Anyway, I just love it and so does my husband. I really appreciate your expertise and your patience in helping me make this choice. I did look at other sites, but something told me to stick with you and I’m so happy that I did. P.S. My husband, Gary also said that if you ever think of renaming your company, his suggestion is STUNNING GEMS! I second that and will highly recommend AFRICAGEMS to others. All the best to you and your company. Brenda H. of Boston MA (bought loose blue zircon)
Marc, Received the spinel today and was very impressed. Although I do own some spinel, nothing in my collection has the eye-popping color of this stone. I say this knowing that pink isn't necessarily my first choice as a color for a colored gemstone. It will make a nice addition to my collection. Ted K. of Pasadena CA (bought loose pink spinel)
I received my ring today and am absolutely delighted with the colour of the stone and the sizing is nearly as wonderful. Thank you so very much! Sonja C. of Charlotte NC (bought loose aquamarine)
Marc, the ring is amazing! Thank you for everything. The stone is truly incredible. Take care and I will certainly share your information whenever I get the opportunity. Mike B of Detroit MI (bought custom aquamarine ring)
Thank you very much for the work you put into our order, I gotta tell you I've had a blast playing around with the different features of your website, designing different rings and such. Your website is merchandised pretty good. Tracie loves the rings the ruby has got a real good glow out in the sunlight and the spinel looks wonderful in its mount. The only real problem is the chain on the necklace it came terribly tangled and me thinks we just made it worse but no biggie we had an extra chain. Overall very pleased with order. Thanks J. Sitton of Baton Rouge LA (bought 2 custom rings)
Yellow sapphire received. I must say I expected the comment about it being very diamond looking to be a bit of exaggeration that tends to occur with sapphire, but it is exactly that, yet unique in its brilliance and flash. I am very pleased with the stone and moved to send a compliment. John H of Indiana PA (bought yellow sapphire loose gem)
My ring arrived yesterday. It is beautiful. I've been running around the house looking for different light sources to view the colour change under. Thank you so much for your help and patience. I hope I have the opportunity to purchase another item from you again sometime. Jacquie A. of Vancover CA (bought custom alexandrite ring)
Hi Marc, My little diamond has just arrived safely by FedEx and it looks beautiful, thank you so much. It's as white as I hoped it would be and the bow tie isn't that obvious because of the size of the stone, I imagine. I'm now going to have the pleasure of thinking up a setting for him. Thank you very much, I'm delighted. I think I'm going to have to keep looking in your discounted stones section! Best wishes, Lynn M of Sufflock UK (bought loose diamond)
Hi Marc, I just wanted to thank you so much for everything you've done for us with the whole ring processes. I proposed to my girlfriend on Friday, and she beyond loved the ring. Everything came out perfectly, the sapphire is stunning, and the ring was set beautifully. Thanks again! Sincerely, Lukasz S. of Chicago IL (bought loose blue sapphire & custom ring)
Hi Marc, My gem has finally arrived and it is fabulous! The colour is exactly what I had hoped it would be.... Resembling sunset and lotus flower. I inspected the packaging and nothing appears to have been tampered with... I was getting concerned but looks like all is ok. My plan is to take the pad to a local gemologist to verify and then on to Designing a ring setting. This is a retirement gift to myself .... My last day at work is just before Christmas...so hopefully the ring will be ready by then. When it's done I will send you some pictures. Thank you for all your support thru this crazy process...although I've not met you I feel like I've known you for some time. I greatly appreciate your awesome Communication with me. I love the gem! Thank you Daria L of Ontario CA (bought loose padparadscha sapphire)
Marc, my ring has just arrived. I am over the moon. It is so beautiful. Thank you and your colleagues so very much. I am hoping it will bring me luck over the coming months as I am off the hospital this afternoon to find out about my operation for breast cancer. I'm sure it will help to protect me. Thank you, once again, for your brilliant contribution to my life. Warm regards, Shoosh S. of Birmingham UK (bought custom pink sapphire ring)
Hi Marc, This is Amazing! I've never experienced such fast shipping! I was noticed on a Wednesday that my items had been shipped, and on already on the following Monday I had the parcel at home! From US to Sweden in Europe! The Tanzanites I ordered are perfectly just what I requested! Thank you very much Marc! This means a lot for me! I will for sure recommend you further and come back for more orders! Wish you a nice day! Best regards, Queenie H. of Stockholm Sweden (bought loose tanzanites)
Hi Marc, I received my ring today. It fits perfectly, the color of the topaz is beautiful! I almost wish I had chosen a larger stone. Thank you, Mary A. of Modesto CA (bought a swiss blue topaz gold ring)
Cardy was AMAZING! It took 45 minutes. Everyone warned me that I would be without my ring for weeks, and you helped me get away from that. You have been extremely responsive and fantastic for all of this. I really appreciate you, and DEFINITELY would recommend you to anyone I can. You are very much running your business very well. Not to mention, my ring is beautiful!!! Exactly what I wanted. Katie F. of San Francisco CA (bought alexandrite engagement ring)
Hi Marc, I got my ring yesterday.. love it! Looks great! I like the way the prongs are done and the ruby is beautiful! Thanks, Brigitte L. (bought Chatham Ruby and AfricaGems made the ring)
Dear Marc, I have a confession to make. I lost my original engagement ring, a Stuller setting for an asscher cut and a cushion Chatham Sapphire. I wanted a ring that looked close to that original one. You made it happen! Actually, your mil grain work and stone setting was better than the original which was off centered. Thank you. Regards, Christine Y (bought Chatham Blue Sapphire and we made the ring)
Marc, Received the stone. It’s beautiful! We now have a new place to order stones from and feel confident in the quality! Thank You, Clayton M. (bought loose pink tourmaline gem)
Hi Marc, Thank you, I received the stone on Wednesday as you indicated. I appreciate the quick turn around time. Pleasure doing business with you and your site will be one of my top gem shopping sites after this business experience. I did enjoy the extra haribo snack. Thank you once again, Danny C. (bought a round 1 carat loose blue sapphire for engagement ring)
First diamonds are in the mail. Had gone away for a week and nobody at home dropped the mail in the box. Apologies. Picked up my pendant with the new ones and they look beautiful. My next purchase will be emeralds...Thanks, Marc. Li B (bought and exchanged enhanced blue diamonds)
Hi Marc, The bracelet arrived this morning and as you said it looks stunning and I know she will love it. Could you please send a Cert of Authenticity (Similar to the one sent for the 2 loose stones) and a full invoice for the total amount for insurance purposes at my end. If you need to send copies by post please send to, Alan H. (bought a tanzanite bracelet)
Hi Marc, I just wanted to say how delighted I was to receive the Tanzanite bracelet for Christmas. I understand from my husband, Alan, that you were extremely helpful with the making of the bracelet, it sounds like it caused a few problems at times, not least due to Alans bank! I just wanted to let you know that I am thrilled with the bracelet, the stones are beautiful and it looks lovely, so thank you for all your help! I hope you and your family had a good Christmas and very best wishes for a healthy, happy New Year. Kind regards, Sue H. (husband bought tanzanite bracelet)
Hi Marc, I just received the opal and it is gorgeous, as always I am very pleased with my purchase. I was looking at different pendants, it's a Christmas present for my daughter. I saw a multi-gem one that I liked. Item pendant 650870s. Should I order it on line or could you just do it. Also will you extend the 25 off discount on that item? Again, thanks for all your help,Terese U. (bought stunning loose black opal gem)
Good Afternoon Marc, Thank you so much selling me this amazing stone, I can assure you it will be well loved. I thought you might enjoy how much people love the blue spinel you sold me. I posted a few photos on PS last night and will likely post more in the next few days. Again thank you, I really do love it and I am wearing it even as I type this! Katherine S. (bought large blue spinel gemstone)
My wifes stone got here this morning. She was in awe of how gorgeous a stone it was. It is replacing a stone in a ring that was stolen and in our opinion we think it is even nicer than the stone it replaced. Once set we will be whole again lol. Again thank you for having the stone available and for you call concerning shipping. We will certainly recommend you to any of our friends who are looking for QUALITY stones. Doc Mc (bought loose oval padparadscha gemstone)
Hi Marc- just wanted to thank you for finding the 4.4mm size for me, and also for the quick refund on the 4mm. So glad I found your website! Cristy S. (bought loose white sapphires)
Hi Marc, I just want to say thank you so much! The pendant is so beautiful..well done! The bale also fits perfectly. I have a question about the negative ions created by tourmaline..now can one just wear it to experience the negative ions or does there have to be pressure applied to release the negative ions? I'm just curious. Thank you Dawn T (bought custom tourmaline pendant)
Marc, The ring arrrived yesterday and it is gorgeous! Thank you so much for creating the perfect piece with this sapphire. This ring will become an heirloom. Henry G (bought custom spessartite garnet ring)
Marc, Thank you so much! You may have thought it took longer than expected but we thought it was quite expedient. Thank you for continually confirming for us our decision to purchase from Africa Gems. This has been a wonderful transaction. We'll be here all day so as soon as it arrives I'll let you know. Happy Valentine's Day, Jennefer P of San Deigo CA (bought custom emerald ring & band)
I'll put them in the mail today. I want you to know that I really appreciate how amenable you have been. Your A+ rating is exactly right. I will continue to do business with you when I have other needs. My sister has also been checking out the site for sapphires based on the excellent service I received. Thanks again, Jim W.of Bangor MI (bought loose emeralds)
Will do! I'm in Denver on business until Saturday. I'll get it shipped out ASAP upon my return - next Monday most likely. Thank you for all of your help. Especially your guarantee and return policy. Made purchasing the gem online much more comfortable. Ironically, my jeweler also loosely knew your father and had a very good opinion of him. Thanks again Marc! Doug M from Camarillo CA (bought loose blue sapphire)
Marc, Your fantastic customer service makes it easy to support AfricaGems! Looking forward to surprising my wife with the Onyx ring. Regards, Michael S. from Boise ID (bought onyx diamond pendant)
Hi Marc, So far I'm very happy with the sapphire I purchased. My plan is to mount it in a tanzanite ring that I have (the tanzanite is very light in color and I've never been happy with it which is a surprise since it's also a Levian purchase). The setting has two sides with the stone suspended in between. I think the light will catch it magnificently! Thanks for checking on my order! Rita K. from Garland TX (bought Chatham emerald stone)
Hi Marc, Just to let you know that the stone was delivered today. Pitty it is dark now so can not see the true stae, but I am happy to see it here with the certs!I hope to do business with you again in the future! Thank you for you help, patience, Regards Wim D. of Dubai (bought loose oval alexandrite)
the rings have arrived they are absolutely stuning ! i thank you with all my heart and i pay no duties thanks to you THANK YOU VERY MUCH I HAVE NO WORDS TO THANKS !! Mencaglia A of Bucharest Romania (bought two blue topaz diamond rings)
Dear Marc, I just received the four turquoise gemstones that I had ordered. They are beautiful. I am very happy with the quality and will be ordering some more gemstones soon.Thanks Baljinder K. (bought loose turquoise gems)
Marc, I just wanted to let you know that I received the ring today and it’s beautiful, she’s gonna love it! Thank you again for all you’ve done. I was concerned about ordering something liker this over the internet but you’ve made this entire process very easy and your communication with me has been outstanding. Everything was exactly as you described it…perfect! David M. of Atlanta GA (bought custom Alexandrite diamond ring)
Alexandrites - Finest Loose Alexandrite Gemstones Are at AfricaGems.com - Rare Genuine Alexandrites Serious About Gem Natural Alexandrite Stone? AfricaGems is The Real Alexandrite Expert for Fine Alexandrite Gems
Fine Rare Pear Shaped Alexandrite Loose Gem Stone in Rich Teal to Rich Eggplant, 7.5 x 4.8 mm, 0.69 caratsThis Very Bright And Lively Genuine Alexandrite Gemstone Displays A Very Strong Color Change, 100%, From A Medium Rich Teal Color To A Rich Eggplant Plum Color with Excellent Clarity, Cut And Life. A Beautiful Stone Of High Quality With Excellent Proportions. Note For A Personal Detailed Description Of This Beautiful Alexandrite Gemstone, Including Video, Please Contact Us And It Will Be Quickly Provided To You. Note The Very Facets That Create The Beautiful Sparkle In A Gemstone May Create Optical Illusion White Or Dark/Black Spots And Areas, Or Uneven Coloring When A Gemstone Is Photographed. Single Dimension Photographs Can Not Accurately Display The True Beauty And Life In A Gemstone. Gemstones Must Be Seen In Person To Be Appreciated. Note: Be Sure To Select The Right Gemstone/Diamond By Millimeter Size Only. Selecting Your Gemstone/Diamond By Carat Weight Is Not Accurate. The Best Way To Select The Right Size Gemstone/Diamond Is To Use Our Size Chart Image, Or Consult With A Local Jeweler To Measure Your Setting Or Gemstone. CLICK HERE FOR A SIZE CHART TO PRINT OUT (*Please set your PDF viewer to 100% for accurate results) Please Contact Us If You Have Any Questions.$7,700.00
The Quality of Loose Alexandrites at AfricaGems Check out the quality of this perfect Alexandrite gemstone that is for sale now at AfricaGems. By perfect I mean all aspects of this gemstones are as good as it gets. This very large 2.27 carat Alexandrite from Brazil is clean (eye clean plus), very well cut (no excess weight on the pavilion) and of course a dramatic 100% color change.
Alexandrites - A Brief History of This Color Change Rare Gemstone
In the world of gemstones, real alexandrite stone is a fairly "new" gemstone. True, it has been part of the earth for millions of years, but unlike many other gemstones, it wasn't known and used in jewelry by the ancient Greek or Romans or any ancient peoples. It was discovered in the mid-1830s in the Ural region of Russia. Some believe that genuine alexandrites were discovered after a local peasant discovered emeralds in the roots of a fallen tree which led to emerald mines being opened in the area and that led a few years later to the discovery of a new gemstone - natural color change alexandrite. The actual name of the person who first discovered this gemstone is not known, but the first person to bring it to the attention of the public was Count Lev Alekseevich Perovskii, an avid collector of minerals and precious stones and also the man who was in charge of management of the Russian Imperial Family estates and income. It has been said that Count Perovskii turned to Nils Gustaf Nordenskijold who had an exceptional and comprehensive knowledge of gemstones, to examine the newly found mineral. It appears that Nordenskijold at first identified the mineral as emerald but he was confused by the high hardness. And, it seems that he first looked at the mineral sample during daylight hours, set it aside to look at later, and then was looking at the specimen by candlelight when he noted that the color of the stone had changed to raspberry-red. He later confirmed that the sample was a new variety of chrysoberyl. Count Perovskii, wishing to ingratiate himself further with the Imperial family, presented the rare gemstone specimen to Tsarevich Alexander, future Tsar of Russia and named the gemstone Alexandrite in his honor.
Loose Alexandrites in Modern Times
Add the fact that alexandrite colors are also the colors of Russian Imperial Guard alexandrite became the official gemstone of Tsarist Imperial Russia. For many years after its discovery, Alexandrite was pretty much limited to the Imperial Family and the upper echelons of the aristocracy. Master Russian jewelers loved this stone and who knows, you might be one of the few lucky ones to come across an antique piece of Russian alexandrite jewelry. George Fredrick Kunz, Tiffany's master gemologist was also a big fan of alexandrite and Tiffany's produced some exquisite rings and platinum ensembles containing alexandrite at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.
What Kind of Gemstone Is Natural Alexandrite?
Natural Alexandrite is a Color Change Chrysoberyl. Chrysoberyl is a relatively small species of gemstones, basically consisting of 3 varieties: golden chrysoberyl (yellow, yellow-green, yellow-golden or brownish), golden cat's eye chrysoberyl and alexandrite (which can also be cut in cat's eye cabochon). Please do not confuse chrysoberyl with the "other" beryl species that is aquamarine, emerald, morganite, and golden beryl. They are not related. Of the chrysoberyl species, alexandrite is far and away the most rare. Golden cat's eye chrysoberyl is very popular and readily available. Chrysoberyl is a very hard gemstone, 8.5 on the Mohs scale, making it a gemstone very suitable for jewelry.
Color Change Alexandrite Gems
Alexandrite is truly a magical color change gemstone. It doesn't just change hues of color - say from pink to red or blue to green, but changes from one distinct color to another depending on the light source. Alexandrite will appear green (bluish green) in daylight or fluorescent light and will turn a red, purplish-red or raspberry red in incandescent light. Most people will never have the privilege to see an alexandrite that changes from a stoplight green to a stoplight red because they are so very rare.
The Alexandrite gemstones shown above are graded Grade "GEM" on the left through Grade "A" on the right and are shown both in incandescent light and daylight.
Gemological Characteristics of Genuine Alexandrite Gems
There are other color change gemstones like garnet or sapphire but alexandrite is the only color change gemstone that actually has its own very specific and strict scale for color change and that scale will affect how an alexandrite is priced. Well cut alexandrite larger than two carat in weight can be among the most expensive and rare gems in the world and the cost can be significantly more than a diamond of the same carat weight. Alexandrite is a Type II gemstone, so clarity is also very important. The closer the colors are to green and red of a pure hue the higher the value. Secondly the better the color change the higher the value. Either the green or red must be of a good hue. The degree of color change can only be truly evaluated with a single light source in a dark room. Traditionally a candle is the best light source to evaluate the red color! Although clarity is a significant factor in evaluation, an alexandrite with a poor clarity rating with a 100% color change is more valuable than an alexandrite with a 50% color change and a high clarity rating. Fine quality stones over 2 carats are both very rare and very expensive.
What is The Definition of an Alexandrite Gemstone
Recently, the gemstone market has seen an influx of color change chrysoberyl that is being called alexandrite but it doesn't match the strict color change scale. Yes, it is color change chrysoberyl, but in order for a gemstone to be classified as an alexandrite, it must fall in the color change from green (bluish green) to red (reddish purple / pinkish purple). Anything else, color change from green to yellow for example, makes it a much less expensive color change chrysoberyl. Fairly recently, there has been chrysoberyl coming from India that is a beautiful bright green, but it doesn't have any color change. It too has been incorrectly marketed at alexandrite.Unfortunately, buyers are sometimes paying alexandrite prices for color change chrysoberyl gemstones so price isn't always a good guide to what the buyer is purchasing. On the other hand, some sellers are offering what they are calling alexandrite at fantastic inexpensive prices. In that case, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Always keep in mind that in order to be a genuine alexandrite a gemstone must have the green (bluish green) to red (reddish-purple) color change. If at all possible, especially for larger (over 1 carat) alexandrite, don't purchase it unless it comes with a gemological certificate from a well known gemological laboratory. Bottom line always purchase alexandrite from a reputable seller who sells only professionally graded certified and guaranteed alexandrite.
Is It A Genuine Alexandrite? Is That Heirloom A Natural Alexandrite?
Synthetic alexandrite has been around in some form for at least 100 years. For example, synthetic corundum (sapphire) can have an alexandrite-like color change. There is also synthetic spinel that can mimic the alexandrite-like color change. Manmade (simulated) laboratory created alexandrite has been around since the 1970's. On a sad note: since synthetic sapphire posing as alexandrite has been around for at least 100 years, a ring that has been handed down from generation to generation and that has that huge alexandrite in it, is in all probability a synthetic. Alexandrite wasn't and isn't usually found in large carat weight sizes and the ancestors would have had to have extreme wealth and / or come from aristocracy 100 years ago in order to be able to purchase a 15 or 20 carat alexandrite.Laboratory and synthetic alexandrite is available in the marketplace today and is used in jewelry, but it must disclosed that it is manmade or synthetic.
Alexandrite, Sources and Localities
Where is alexandrite mined? There is virtually no alexandrite coming from Russia these days. Between 1833 and 2008, Alexandrite has been discovered not only in Russia but in Australia, Brazil, India, Madagascar, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the US. This list may seem long, but the production of top quality alexandrite from any of these mines has been relatively small. Currently, the best alexandrite comes from the Hematita mine in Brazil.
Natural Alexandrite Gemstones
Alexandrite For Sale at AfricaGems.com Calibrated Standard size Natural Alexandrite Gemstones
AfricaGems.com has the very best quality gemstones available on the market today. We source our small size Alexandrite from Brazil; from the famous Hematita mine that produces the finest color change Alexandrite on the market today. These gems, in the AAA grade display a beautiful and very strong color change from greenish blue to a pink purple. These gem Alexandrites make wonderful accent gems or combined together in a pave style make for some spectacular alexandrite jewelry. Our standard size Alexandrite is also cut to a higher standard than other small sized alexandrites. Our alexandrites are cut in one factory in Hong Kong that cuts only Alexandrite from the Hematita mine. Our calibrated Alexandrite is not lumpy and deep cuts that have no brilliance. They all have very good makes, symmetry and display excellent brilliance and intensity. All of our small sized Alexandrites are backed by our exclusive 100% refund policy and have a 30 day return policy.
Loose Free Size Alexandrites from 0.50 to 0.99 Carats
Alexandrite for Sale at AfricaGems.com Most gemstone dealers don't carry huge inventories of alexandrites. As a phenomena gemstone (color change), alexandrite gemstones have a more limited appeal to the gemstone consumer and jewelry designer. In the smaller size ranges however, this beautiful gemstone is affordable and readily available. AfricaGems.com has more than 90 individual alexandrite gemstones in the 0.50 to .99 carat sizes available at any one time and ready to ship to you immediately upon your order. AfricaGems.com carries alexandrite from all sources; we have Brazilian alexandrites, Indian alexandrites, African alexandrites(Tanzanian mostly) and Sri Lankan alexandrites. Alexandrite gemstones carried by AfricaGems.com are not subject to any kind of treatments and all gemstones are completely natural. All of our alexandrite gems are subject to our strict quality standards and every gemstone would be an excellent choice for yourself or a loved one. Our alexandrite gemstones are backed by our industry leading guarantee policy.
Loose Free Size Alexandrite over 1 carat
Alexandrite for Sale at AfricaGems.com Alexandrite gems in the larger sizes are very rare gemstones. Any alexandrite gem over 1 carat size in a finer quality is considered a collector gemstone. AfricaGems has more than 30 individual alexandrite gemstones available at any one time and ready to ship to you immediately upon your order. AfricaGems.com carries alexandrite from all the important sources; we have Brazilian alexandrites, Indian alexandrites, African alexandrites (Tanzanian mostly) and Sri Lankan alexandrites. Alexandrite gemstones carried by AfricaGems.com are not subject to any kind of treatments and all gemstones are completely natural and are backed by our industry leading guarantee policy.
Beautiful Alexandrite Rings And Exceptional Pendants - Alexandrite And Diamond Rings
AfricaGems.com has a fabulous selection of extremely fine quality natural alexandrite rings that are in a quality class of their own. Only very fine natural alexandrite is used to make up these attractive rings, including our alexandrite engagement rings. Only the finest Brazilian alexandrites are utilized, that display a very strong 90 to 100 % color change. The Brazilian alexandrites are the best quality alexandrite gemstones available anywhere. Much of the alexandrite jewelry seen today uses the Indian origin alexandrite, which cannot compare in the degree of color change to the Brazilian alexandrites.
Competitive Loose Alexandrite Prices
Check our prices against any of the competition. If you are looking for a high quality alexandrite ring or pendant with top gem quality alexandrite gemstones you'll find AfricaGems can't be beat.**NEW ALEXANDRITE INVENTORY JUST IN** A beautiful selection of very fine quality loose genuine Alexandrites have just arrived. We have finally got some better imagery on these newer Alexandrites stones so that you can really see how dramatic the color change really is. These fine super gems have been selected for degree of color change, clarity, sizes and the quality of the cuts. In a very expensive material like Alexandrite, the quality of the cut is important as you don't want to pay extra for alot of extra weight on the bottom as is typical in most Alexandrite gems. Also have some very hard to find perfect matched pairs in super fine quality. Enjoy these very special gems. Resources & References for Alexandrite:
Learn More About Natural Alexandrite Gemstones from GIA Learn More About Genuine Alexandrite Gems Learn About Alexandrite from the ICA
Alexandrites - Finest Loose Alexandrite Gemstones Are at AfricaGems.com - Rare Genuine Alexandrites Serious About Gem Natural Alexandrite Stone? AfricaGems is The Real Alexandrite Expert for Fine Alexandrite Gems