The cost of alexandrite depends on the combination of all factors considered in the first and second parts of this article. But the most important, affecting the price are the following: its color, clarity and weight. Brighter and richer colors are more expensive. With an increase of weight, rarity of alexandrite increases (small stones are found more often), and therefore, the cost also increases. Alexandrite without a certificate from a well-known laboratory may cost less than with this document, but then there is some risk regarding natural origin.
In the world it is accepted that the cost of precious stones is often given in us dollars per 1 carat. There are several organizations that produce price targets in the form of tables depending on weight and quality. Before you start your own analysis of specific market offers, you can find out the approximate level of prices for alexandrite of certain positions in these publications. They can be found approximately, for example, from the magazine Gem Guide, the data in it are given for alexandrite from Brazil. According to the data from this magazine for may/June 2015, the cost of alexandrite per carat in US dollars will be in the following ranges (for example, cut samples weighing 3-5 ct) , depending on the level of quality:
- Low (commercial) quality 600-2500
- Good – 3500-6500
- Very good – 9300-12500
- Excellent 17000-22000
Price per carat, as a rule, increases with an increase in weight. In May 2014, alexandrite from Russia, from the Urals, 21.41 ct was sold at Christie’s for 1.5 million USD, which is approximately 70 thousand dollars / ct. This is a record price for 1 ct ever sold at auction.
How much alexandrite of certain quality characteristics costs can also be understood, based on various market offers. It is necessary to compare prices of similar sample with similar characteristics. Keep in mind that color is often distorted in photos. Therefore, the decision of purchase an expensive sample is better to take, seeing it in live, based on the practical recommendations discussed above. Our company will help with alexandrite choice, as well as consultate how much it will cost, welcome!