Learn about Spinel

spinel.jpgOnce confused with Ruby, Spinel is actually a rarer gem mined in a range of pastel reds with pink, purple, orange and blue tones from fluctuating infusions of iron, chromium, vanadium and cobalt. Spinel is extremely hard and high-­‐clarity, most sought after in its highest transparent form. A versatile stone that handles virtually any faceted cut with elegance, it’s sometimes used as a replacement for Ruby or Sapphire, and in fact is most commonly found paired with these stones in mines throughout Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar. Certain famous historical stones popularly thought of as Rubies—such as the Black Prince’s Ruby in the British Crown Jewel collection—are actually Spinels.

LOADING...