Alexandrite History and Lore
The spectacular Ural Mountain deposits didn’t last for ever, and now most alexandrite comes from Sri Lanka, East Africa and Brazil. The newer deposits contain some fine-quality stones, but many display less-precise colour change and muddier hues than the nineteenth-century Russian alexandrites. You’ll still find estate jewellery set with some of the famed Ural Mountain alexandrites. They remain the quality standard for this phenomenal gemstone.