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Lily Arkwright sponsors Manchester Film Festival

Manchester Film Festival

Lily Arkwright are thrilled to support Manchester Film Festival 2023 as this years lead partner. MFF showcases the very best UK & international...

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Lily Arkwright Supports Unicef

Supporting Unicef

This year marks Lily Arkwright's 5th year of supporting Unicef during Black Friday building upon our successful 2019 Unicef Halloween Ball partner...

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Lily Arkwright Supports Global Witness

Global Witness

Global Witness brings together the issues of human rights, corruption, the trade in natural resources, the role of banks, the arms trade, conflict...

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Lily Arkwright Award Nominations


Award Winning Jeweller

Proudly nominated for two of the UK's showcase Jewellery awards.

We're thrilled to have been nominated for Showroom Design of the Year by The Retail Jewellery awards committee and also Team of The Year by the Professional Jeweller awards team.


Alexandrite Engagement Rings

What are alexandrite engagement rings?

Alexandrite engagement rings feature the rare and mesmerising alexandrite gemstone, prized for its remarkable colour-changing properties. This chameleon-like stone displays hues ranging from green to red-purple under different lighting conditions. Alexandrite symbolises balance, growth, and transformation. These rings highlight the stone's unique qualities, often set in various styles such as solitaires, halos, or with accent stones, offering versatility and elegance. Alexandrite's scarcity and exceptional optical phenomena make it highly coveted. While moderately durable, care should be taken in cleaning and handling to preserve its brilliance. Alexandrite engagement rings represent rarity, individuality, and a captivating symbol of evolving love and life.

What is the history of alexandrite engagement rings?

The history of alexandrite engagement rings dates back to the gem's discovery in Russia's Ural Mountains in the 1830s. Named after Tsar Alexander II, alexandrite fascinated with its colour-changing properties—shifting from green in daylight to red under incandescent light. It became a prized gem among Russian aristocracy, symbolising good fortune and loyalty. However, due to its rarity, alexandrite remained exclusive. In modern times, it regained popularity for its uniqueness and mystical allure. Alexandrite engagement rings, cherished for their rarity and enchanting colour shift, signify transformation and enduring love, captivating hearts with their exceptional beauty and symbolism.

How much bigger does an alexandrite make an engagement ring look?

The visual impact of an alexandrite in making an engagement ring appear larger depends on several factors. While alexandrite is prized for its rarity and colour-changing properties, its value often lies in its uniqueness rather than its size-enhancing effect. Unlike a halo setting that encircles the centre stone, an alexandrite's impact on visual size might be less pronounced. However, the gem's exceptional colour shift and brilliance can draw attention, creating an illusion of a more captivating and dynamic appearance for the entire ring, adding allure rather than solely contributing to a perceived increase in size.


Celebrity Alexandrite Rings

Heidi Klum’s alexandrite engagement ring

Heidi Klum's engagement ring is a custom designed piece featuring a rare and stunning alexandrite gemstone. The ring was designed by her fiancé, Tom Kaulitz, who sourced the stone himself. The alexandrite is a unique gemstone that changes colour from green in daylight to red in incandescent light. The ring is also set with two cushion cut diamonds.

our favourites

Lily Arkwright Loves

Isabella oval or Giselle round rings

Alexandrite engagement rings are a unique and special choice for couples who want a ring that is as captivating as their love. Alexandrite is a rare gemstone that changes colour from green in daylight to red in incandescent light. This makes alexandrite engagement rings a symbol of love that is constantly changing and evolving. Alexandrite engagement rings are also said to represent luck and good fortune.