Spinel is an incredibly beautiful gemstone that has masqueraded as ruby for hundreds of years. It is a rare gemstone considered to be the zodiac stone for Gemini and related to the planet Mercury. This stunning gem is famous for its stark resemblance to the gemstone Ruby and celebrated for its beauty.

Black Spinel Platinum Plated Silver Ring 3.19 cttw Black Spinel Gold Plated Sterling Silver Dome Ring 3.97 cttw
Black Spinel Platinum Plated Silver Ring 3.19 cttw Black Spinel Gold Plated Sterling Silver Dome Ring 3.97 cttw

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The name spinel is either derived from the Latin word, “Spina”, which means thorn, owing to its pointed crystal form, or the Greek word for “Spark”, for its bright colour.

4.20cttw Black Spinel and White Zircon Cocktail Cluster Ring in Sterling Silver

4.20cttw Black Spinel and White Zircon Cocktail Cluster Ring in Sterling Silver

Often mistaken for Ruby or Sapphire in the past, this gemstone has created a niche for itself in the gems and jewellery industry. The gemstone is well known for its deep red variety which bears a close resemblance to Ruby. Ruby and the Red Spinel variety are virtually identical. Nevertheless, we can distinguish spinel from other gemstones by its octahedral crystal structure and single refraction. Also, it is lower in hardness on the Mohs scale as compared to Ruby and Sapphire.

Michael Valitutti Two-tone Hand-Carved Platinum Drusy Flower & Black Spinel Ring 925 Silver Red Rose Flower Ring HANDMADE Enamel Natural Stone Green Spinel White CZ
Michael Valitutti Two-tone Hand-Carved Platinum Drusy Flower & Black Spinel Ring 925 Silver Red Rose Flower Ring HANDMADE Enamel Natural Stone Green Spinel White CZ

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Numerous old celebrated gemstones thought to be Rubies have turned out to be Spinel.

For instance, the centrepiece jewel in the Imperial State Crown of England; a 170 carat bright red stone, famously known as “The Black Prince’s Ruby” is indeed a fine-looking Spinel. It is a Smoothly polished and roughly octagonal stone.

Facts About This Gemstone

Mineral: Spinel

Chemistry: MgAl2O4

Color: Red, Orange, Pink, Purple, Blue, Black

Refractive Index: 1.718

Birefringence: None

Specific Gravity: 3.60

Mohs Hardness: 8

Another example is the “Timur Ruby” – a 352.5 carat bright red stone that adorns a necklace of the Royal Collection owned by Queen Elizabeth. It is once again the beautiful Spinel. Several Persian inscriptions carved into this gemstone testify to its age and history.

Thus the great gemstone imposter, masqueraded as ruby in Europe’s crown jewels for centuries together.

Black Cable Black Spinel 925 Sterling Silver Bezel 7mm Wedding Ring Band and Valentine Gift

Black Cable Black Spinel 925 Sterling Silver Bezel 7mm Wedding Ring Band and Valentine Gift

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Regardless of its similarities with other stones, the gemstone merits to be acknowledged for its splendour and exquisiteness. The stone occurs in a myriad of colors such as an intense red, rose pink, lavender, bright orange, violet, mauve, yellow, brown and black. As such, it forms gems of all colors.

Due to its exceptional hardness and high clarity spinel is an excellent gemstone for all types of jewelry. The gemstone is definitely a collector’s item.

Sterling Silver Rhodium-plate CZ & Green Spinel Enamel Swan Slide and Pin

Sterling Silver Rhodium-plate CZ & Green Spinel Enamel Swan Slide and Pin

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Spinel can be classified into different varieties based on colour.

Rubicelle or Flame : Bright Orange to Orange Red
Balas : Pink to Pale Red
Gahnite or Zinc : Blue to Violet and Dark Green to Deep Black
Pleonaste or Ceylonite : Dark Green to Blackish. Opaque and Iron Rich
Gahnospinel : Blue to Dark Blue or Greenish. Zinc rich
Picotite or Chrome : Brownish
Almandine : Violet to Violet Blue
Ruby Spinel : Ruby Red Variety

Out of these the Ruby Spinel is the most in demand and considered expensive in comparison to the other varieties. This gemstone can be cut into diverse elaborate shapes like oval, square, octagon, etc.

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Spinel Black Rhodium Rhodium Plated Silver Ring 3.42 cttw Black Spinel Gold Plated Sterling Silver Ring 2.39 cttw

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Though this gemstone is not usually treated or enhanced, synthetic variety is also available in the gems and jewellery market. One should be careful while buying this stone. Also, since Spinel is less popular as compared to other gemstones, it comes at a relatively affordable price. The magnificence and affordability of this gemstone add to its USP.

925 Sterling Silver & 14K Gold 0.45 ctw Round Cut Diamonds & Red Spinel Designer Statement Ring for Her

925 Sterling Silver & 14K Gold 0.45 ctw Round Cut Diamonds & Red Spinel Designer Statement Ring for Her

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Deposits of this gemstone are found in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Tanzania and Thailand.Gemstone mines of Central & South-East Asian regions yielded exceptionally large crystals of this gemstone. These fine stones came to be called as Balas rubies. A number of them were the treasures of emperors & kings. They often passed through many hands as spoils of war.

925 Sterling Silver Enamel Cubic Zirconia Cz Syn. D.blue Spinel Gla925 Simulated Stones Chain Necklace Floral Fine Jewelry

925 Sterling Silver Enamel Cubic Zirconia Cz Syn. D.blue Spinel Gla925 Simulated Stones Chain Necklace Floral Fine Jewelry

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2.3ct Multicolor Genuine Tourmaline Black Spinel Cocktail Ring 925 Sterling Silver

2.3ct Multicolor Genuine Tourmaline Black Spinel Cocktail Ring 925 Sterling Silver

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Learn About More Gemstones As Follows:

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Amber
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Amethyst
Ametrine
Aquamarine
Citrine
Emerald
Garnet
Jade
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Moonstone
Opal
Peridot
Ruby
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Sapphire
Spinel
Tanzanite
Topaz
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Tourmaline
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Turquoise
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