The history of Alexandrite is quite controversial, dating back to the times of Imperial Russia. It is said that the stone was named after the Russian tsar, Alexander II (1818 - 1881), but was discovered by a French mineralist called Nils Gustaf Nordenskiöld (1792 - 1866). When Nordenskiöld first discovered Alexandrite in 1834, it was initially thought to be an emerald because it was discovered in emerald mines located in Russia's Ural region, near the Tokovaya River. The specimen was later identified as a chromium bearing, color change variety of chrysoberyl. Legends claim that the discovery of Alexandrite was made on the very day the future tsar of Russia became of age. Inevitably, the red and green color change stone was to be declared the official gemstone of Imperial Russia's Tsardom. Alexandrite is seen as a symbol of royal power and a guardian stone. Its color is a lovely green in both daylight and fluorescent light; it changes color to a purplish red in incandescent light. With its ability to show two colors, Alexandrite will allow you to see both sides of an issue and will link the heart and mind to illuminate a perspective that encompasses and integrates the rational and the intuitive viewpoints. It supports longevity and is a useful purifier and renewal stone. This stone opens intuition and metaphysical abilities. By creating a strong will and personal magnetism, it builds self-respect. Alexandrite helps in healing the nervous system, reproductive organs and regenerates neurological tissue. It also helps relieve tension from neck muscles and has a powerful detoxifying action and stimulates the liver.

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