Alternative Names: Diaphanite
Mineral Species: Chrysoberyl
Mineral Group: Oxides
Chemical Formula: BeAl2O4
Crystal System: Orthorhombic
Colour: "Dark green to black. Rare gem-grade crystals exibits a colour change in natural and artificial light from green to pink-mauve (the Alexandrite effect). "
Typical Appearance: Usually as rough tabular crystals, often twinned.
Chakra Alignment: Heart; Third Eye and Crown;
Origin of Name & Mythology: In honor of Alexander II (1818-81), Czar of Russia, 1855-81.
Alexandrite is aligned with and opens the Heart Chakra, but also opens the Third Eye and Crown Chakras, creating a strong spiritual connection, and a softer connection with one's spirit guides. The narrower, pointed end of the crystal is quite directional, and used as a wand can open and balance the other Chakras. Alexandrite balances physically and emotionally, is generally healing, supporting the immune system, and specifically can calm inflammation and aid regeneration of tissue down to a cellular level. It can help raise underlying energy levels when overworked. It facilitates travel between dimensions. Used in meditation, it can create an inner expansion, and a feeling of being "at one with the Universe". The energy is quite masculine and goal-orientated, and encourages independence. It not only assists us in achieving our goals on an earthly level, but its use can also mark one as a spiritual warrior. Because the energy is so powerful, it is strongly recommended to dedicate the crystal before use. Alexandrite often comes accompanied by a guardian.