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Alexandrite of the Urals


In the case of the name of the chrome variety of chrysoberyl—alexandrite—everything happened a bit differently. The mineral was named in 1834 in honor of Tsarevich Alexander, who at the time was only 16 years old, and he had not distinguished himself in any special way. But as subsequent events showed, after ascending the throne on 19 February 1855 and before the tragic events of his death on 1 March 1881, Emperor Alexander II left a very noticeable trace on the history of Russia. He received the nickname “Tsar Liberator” after having abolished serfdom in 1861. In the era of his reign, the economy developed rapidly; more than 20,000 kilometers of railroads were built in a short time and Russia turned into a leading industrial power. So, it was not in vain that his name was immortalized in the appellation of the most amazing Russian gem.

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Emeralds of the Urals

The official date of the first discovery of emeralds in the Urals in Russia is considered to be 23 January 1831, but this date was preceded by some events that happened a little earlier.

This article it’s an overview of the discovery and history of emeralds in Russia and the current mining situation (by TSJ founder Alexey Burlakov and Evgeniy Burlakov, curator of Ural State Geological Museum).

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Russian Demantoid

Article about Russian Demantoid by Tsarina Jewels founders in InColor magazine by International Colored Gemstone Association. Find out more about this enchanting gem from Russia in this article below: http://gemstone.org/incolor/Incolor36/40/

As early as 1819-21, attention was being paid to a green gem discovered in a gold-platinum placer of the Bobrovka River near the village of Elizavetinskoe, located 40 km southwest of the city of Nizhny Tagil in the Ural Mountains of Russia. Incorrectly identified as peridot, it was later determined to be a new mineral. Because of its high refractive index and dispersive powers, it was given the name “demantoid,” meaning “diamond-like.”

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