Alexandrite was once considered a fancy stone,[1][2] but by the Year of Wild Magic, 1372 DR, it had surged in price to that of a precious stone,[3] and maintained its value through the Spellplague[4] and beyond.[5]


This transparent gem was a form of chrysoberyl that was green in hue under natural light, but appeared reddish when viewed under non-natural lights such as arcane light spells. It was usually facet cut and used for jewelry such as earrings or pendants.[1][6] In the mid–14th century DR, one of these stones had a base value of 100 gp, but since that time a typical specimen had a base value of 500 gp.[3][4][5]


Alexandrites were used as a magic focus for items that provided good luck, favorable reactions, protection, or other good omens.[3] Examples included luckstones and the cursed lodestone.[1][6]


Alexandrite gems were considered sacred to Gaerdal Ironhand. It was appropriate to consecrate or sacrifice alexandrite to him, or a follower might find one as a boon or an omen.[7]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), p. 126. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 300. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 James Wyatt (June 2008). Dungeon Master's Guide 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 124. ISBN 978-0-7869-4880-2.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 134. ISBN 978-0786965622.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), p. 35. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.
  7. Sean K. Reynolds (2002). Deity Do's and Don'ts. A Faiths and Pantheons Web Enhancement. Wizards of the Coast. p. 11. Retrieved on 2014-09-22.