- 0.80ct unheated Red Spinel with a strong saturated red hue.
- The gemstone is in a classic emerald cut which makes it a perfect choice for a timeless jewel piece.
- Gemstone is eye clean with no visible inclusions, and has a strong lustre.
Spinel is a mineral with a lot of history. Long mined in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand, spinel garnered deep appreciation for its beauty, even winning a treasured place in a number of crown jewels.
And the Timur Ruby, also part of the British crown jewels, is actually a 361-carat polished red spinel. The Black Prince’s Ruby is the largest uncut spinel in the world, and once decorated King Henry V’s helmet during battle. You may be surprised to know that spinel is rarer than ruby, but this has not affected its price (yet). Although spinel is still less expensive than ruby, the market for spinel has been increasing.
And, now that spinel has been added as a third August birthstone, its popularity may increase further still, bringing its value up as well. Bright blue spinel, a more uncommon variety, has also been found in Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. These smurf-blue deposits owe their rare coloration to cobalt that joined the minerals as the gemstone was forming.
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