Spinel
 
22nd Anniversary Gemstone.   Centuries ago, in Sanskrit writings, Spinel was called the daughter of Ruby, adored, yet somehow different.   Spinel is the great impostor of gemstone history; many famous Rubies in crown jewels around the world are actually Spinels.   Most famous is the Black Prince's Ruby, a magnificent 170-carat red Spinel that now adorns the Imperial State Crown of England in the British Crown Jewels after a long history.  Henry V even wore it on his battle helmet!   The Timur Ruby, a 361-carat red Spinel now owned by Queen Elizabeth, has the names of some of the Mughal emperors who previously owned it engraved on its face, an undeniable pedigree!
 
In Burma (now known as Myanmar), where some of the most beautiful colors are mined, Spinel was recognized as a separate gem species as early as 1587 A.D.    In other countries, the masquerade went on for hundreds of years.   Spinels were most often referred to as 'Balas Rubies', which may have referred to their color or their country of origin.
 
Now treasured for its own sake, Spinel is a favorite of gem dealers and collectors due to its brilliance, hardness and wide range of spectacular colors.   In addition to beautiful rich reds, Spinel can be found in a range of gorgeous pastel shades of pink and purple.   Of particular interest is a vivid hot pink with a tinge of orange mined in Burma.   Truly, it is one of the most spectacular gemstone colors seen in any species at all.   Spinel also comes in beautiful blue tones called Cobalt Spinel, but these are very rare.
 
Because lab-grown Spinels are often used for imitation Birthstone rings, people think of a 'synthetic' stone when they hear the name Spinel.  Most people have never seen a natural Spinel.
 
The primary reason the Spinel is not more widely recognized is due to its rarity.   Fine spinels are now more rare than the Rubies they used to imitate.   Strangely, they are also more affordable.  In the gem world, being too rare can be a drawback because so few people even get a chance to develop a fondness for the varieties in question.
 
Spinel is mined in Burma, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Tadzhikistan.
 
This durable gemstone is perfect for all jewelry uses.   Most often Spinel is faceted in oval, round, or cushion shapes and, due to its rarity, is not currently found in calibrated sizes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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