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SPINEL

Overview:

The name "spinel" is derived from the Greek word for "spark", in reference to the fiery red color of spinels often used for gems. Spinel is a very attractive and historically important gemstone mineral. Many famous rubies in crown jewels around the world are actually spinel. Spinels were most often referred to as "balas rubies" which may have referred to color or to country of origin.

Spinel, meanwhile, is one of the hardest minerals and is a favorite of jewelers and collectors because of its brilliance, hardness and color variety Spinel is a durable gemstone that is perfect for all jewelry uses.

Spinel typically forms in well formed octahedrons. But it is famous for a type of twinning that bears its name, the Spinel Twin Law. Spinel is not a synthetic stone. It is a real, natural, attractive and rare gemstone in its own right.

Physical Properties:

Spinel

Spinel  Birthstone

Color
Red, rose, orange, brown, pink, yellow, blue, violet, purple, mauve, green, and black
Hardness
7.5-8.0
Specific Gravity
3.6-4.0
Refractive Index
1.71 - 1.76

Usage:It helps us set our egos aside and become devoted to another person. Like all fiery red stones it encourages great passion. And it is have been traditionally used to provide longevity. Spinel is a durable gemstone that is perfect for all jewelry uses. Increases physical vitality, refills spent energy, helps exhaustion.

Legend:Spinel gemstones have a significant history, but the red variety was actually believed to be Ruby up until 200 years ago. Spinel is the great imposter of gemstone history: many famous rubies in crown jewels around the world are actually spinel. The most famous is the Black Prince's Ruby, a magnificent 170-carat red spinel that currently adorns the Imperial State Crown in the British Crown Jewels after a long history

Occurrence: Burma, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Ceylon, Thailand, USA, Afghanistan, Australia, and Sweden.