Spinel, “The Most Under-appreciated Gem in History”

Day 9 of the Gemstone Wishlist for Tuscon:

Spinel, “The Most Underappreciated Gem of History”

Frequently referred to as the “most under-appreciated gemstone in History” or the “understudy ,” Spinel gets its name from the Greek word for “spark”, Spinter. Spinter was most likely the original name given to Spinel because of its amazing fire and brilliance (AKA. **SPARKLES**).

Spinel has a very long rich history, yet most people have never heard of the gem. Many people have seen Spinel without even knowing it, as it comes in many colors and the Reds look like fine Rubies and the Blue look like beautiful Sapphires.

Ever viewed The Crown Jewels?

The Most Famous Rubies in the World…. Are Red Spinel.

Recognize the Black Prince’s Ruby?

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It’s Spinel!

Ever seen the Timur Ruby?

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It’s Spinel!

It is speculated that upon further review of Royal Collections in Europe, many of the ‘Rubies’ would actually be discovered to be infiltrator Spinels. So if the most beautiful Rubies in the world are Spinel, and have been worn by royalty for decades…

Why wouldn’t Spinel be on my list and yours???

In fact Spinels are incredibly rare and not easily found in mass market settings due to unreliable/un-renewable sources. They are an elite group of very few gemstones that come out of the ground in a stunning display of colors from Grey-Blue to Pale Pink, with this level of color saturation, without being treated (it is widely accepted for most gemstones to be “enhanced” in some way.) All said, This Sparkling Stunner should fetch a much higher price than it does… but who’s complaining about unexpected great deals… Not me!!!

Which is your favorite color?

Got Spinel Fever? See what the Gemological Institute of America has to say about it:

Spinel @ GIA.edu

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