Posted on | March 22, 2008 | 1 Comment
I’m a typical girl in only one respect; I like pretty sparkly things of the jewelled persuasion but no matter how much perusing of the net and local jewellers I may have done I’ve never really found a gem that makes me go ‘OMG I MUST HAVE THAT!’ at least not until today.
That’s right, today I finally discovered where all my expensive taste went, normally I’m not really into the more expensive pieces but.. Well, it’s all Amazons fault! There I was happily updating my wishlist and browsing the baby section for things (nothing really struck my fancy) when I started looking at rings – I do this from time to time, I love rings – never buy any but I love to look.
Anyhow, I found a rather nice aquamarine ring that quite took my fancy and feeling in a whimsical mood decided to check out its spiritual attributes at gemstonemeanings.com whilst there I noticed ‘Alexandrite‘ and as ‘Alexander’ is the name I’ve provisionally held in mind should our little newt turn out to be male, I figured I’d check it out.
This is where the OMG I MUST HAVE THAT! comes into it.
I’ve just spent the last hour on jewelsforme.com browsing the site and playing in the ‘create your own’ portion as I ooh, ahh and generally lust over most things Alexandrite. What is typical though, I could only ever afford the created gemstones because the natural stuff is RARE and costs more than Diamonds – go figure, I truly do have expensive taste – everybody pity Stef please because the lad will need a fortune if he plans on supplying me with natural jewels at any point in the future:
Alexandrite commands a high price equivalent to or even exceeding the price of gemstones like, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and diamonds. Alexandrite from Russia would be more valuable if their origin could be verified and if they were of superior quality. Top-quality alexandrite from Russia has sold for as much as $3000 to $10,000 for a one-carat gem. The price of alexandrite has risen in recent years due to high international demand, especially from Japan, but as a gemstone investment, alexandrite is a good choice because of it´s rarity, durability and distinctive historical significance.
The thing is, I like amethysts and sapphires, but they get a little boring after a while. I like rubies and emeralds (though I’d never wear them) and any number of other precious and semi-precious stones, but not a one of them in any kind of setting has fuelled the lust that this mercurial little stone has. I think it’s the way it changes colour – not only is it a pretty teal colour in daylight but it changes to a purple-red under strip or candle light (depending on the grade) green and purple are my favourite colours so how could I fail to love this stone?
*sigh* just as well I rarely wear jewellery and when I do it tends to be home made otherwise a couple of those pieces could be sorely tempting.. Mind you, I could do with some new earrings.. *grin*