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    Posted 1 month ago

    freiheit
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    Every day one learns something new! I went to a store and noticed some lovely purple glass beads in a grab bag. I took my chances and bought it. When I got home, I looked for the purple beads. They were not there! What happened? Alexandrite glass is the answer.

    The necklace is strung on a metal chain. I just don't like the clasp. I was thinking of switching the clasp from the little amethyst necklace that came in the same bag.

    Thanks for looking:)

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    1. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 1 month ago
      Both are very nice!
    2. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 1 month ago
      ABSOLUTELY AGREE w/the 'learn something new everyday' -- especially when one hangs around CW it would seem?!! <applause>
      I didn't know what 'Alexandrite' is either, but these Wikipedia links seem to help 'splain it -- thanks for your contribution to my 'learning something new' too!
      :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysoberyl#Alexandrite

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neodymium#Neodymium_doped_lasers
    3. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 1 month ago
      I love Alexandrite! Phil is the one who turned me on to this wonderful stone. Take a look at his Alexandrite ( lace) bracelet I always swoon over. Ha!
      The necklace is lovely with it’s faceted stones. Just beautiful!
    4. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 1 month ago
      Very beautiful both of them! I would leave them as they are. So is the alexandrite glass necklace really glas or stone? If glass, what is alexandrite glass made of to make the same effect?
      Could the purple necklace be stone as well?
    5. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 1 month ago
      Sorry Elisabeth, my bad. “Stone” is just a generic term for crystal, glass, paste. In fact when I wrote my comment I thought maybe I should of been more specific. Gudrun’s lovely Alexandrite necklace is made of “faux” alexandrite crystals. ( If these were real alexandrite, it would be worth a fortune). I collect Kramer’s collection- “Alexandria”, and have many pieces. Phil knows his Alexandrite. Anythingobscure has a couple links here that show the process, but I don’t know if it for the real thing or not! All in All, Gudrun has a gorgeous “Alexandrite” bead necklace!
    6. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 1 month ago
      Duh, the formula is for faux alexandrite, as the real thing is mined. Alexandrite has been mined out, and most of this lovely “stone” is found on antique jewelry. ( I’m gonna go have my coffee now), when,oh, when is CW gonna let us edit our comments!
    7. freiheit freiheit, 1 month ago
      Ladies, yes, it's only glass - but quite remarkable one:) I wonder how they make it change colours. I will have to do a lot more reading.
      Thanks so much for all of your comments!
    8. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 1 month ago
      Yes still beautiful and interesting! I was just trying to understand the "alexandrite" phenomenon. Still don't understand how they make the faux one :) ha ha
    9. freiheit freiheit, 1 month ago
      How funny, you were typing a message on my post while I was typing one on yours:)
    10. freiheit freiheit, 1 month ago
      At the same time:)
    11. freiheit freiheit, 1 month ago
      Thanks so much for the love,
      Ms.CrystalShip,
      kwqd,
      vetraio50,
      valentino97,
      fortapache,
      plein-air-painter,
      AnythingObscure, and
      Mrstyndall :)
    12. freiheit freiheit, 30 days ago
      Thanks so much for the love, Elisabethan, AdeleC, Newfld, and Hel1 :)

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