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Alexandrite isn’t for everyone. It’s not for those who prefer to wear only the most popular stones, and it’s not for those who don’t appreciate rare jewels.

It is, however, for the individualist, the rule-breaker, the classic beauty, the never-say-no and the strong women in our lives. Alexandrite appeals to those who appreciate the beauty and power of nature. There are few stronger people in this world than mothers. We might even go as far to say that alexandrite and mothers both hold similar qualities: They are both rare, resilient, strong, beautiful and unique.

Alexandrite, a shade-shifting, pleochroic gemstone that changes from green and blue in daylight to reddish-purple in incandescent light, is exceptionally rare. Originally mined in Russia, and now today in Australia, Brazil, India, Madagascar and Myanmar, alexandrite is one of the rarest gemstones on Earth. When it was first discovered in Russia it became known as the stone of good fortune and a very good omen. It is thought to bring good luck, joy and strength. In fact, as the stone’s popularity spread, more countries and cultures associated the stone with even more positive attributes, including promoting a balanced mind and calm emotions. Some even believe it activates creativity, imagination and intuition. In some cultures, alexandrite represents love, hope and fertility.

This couldn’t align more perfectly with mothers. Alexandrite activates intuition and there is no one else on Earth with the intuition of a mother, who can sense and even anticipate her child’s needs before they even know how to voice them. Ask any mother and they will say raising a child is the most beautiful and rewarding job, but it doesn’t come without its challenges. Show the mother in your life, whether that’s your own mother, yourself, your sister or friend, how much you appreciate all she has done and continues to do by gifting her a gemstone as rare as she is.

Not only does this symbolic stone offer so many healing properties and meanings, but it can be worn in ways unique to every type of woman. Mark Henry designs an array of pieces with alexandrite, whether it’s pendant close to her heart; simple diamond and alexandrite rings; heart-shaped pavé earrings; and more. Choose the piece that suits the mother in your life best, whether it’s set in yellow or white gold or accentuated with white diamonds. Mark Henry’s designs range from simple and understated to statement rings and intricately designed pieces that are meant to be timeless treasures.

Her first or her fifth piece of alexandrite jewelry, there’s no better time to honor mothers everywhere than with a dazzling addition to her collection. Learn more about our Mother's Day Gift Guide and our special offer by clicking the photo below to email a brand representative.