The World of Spinels

January 16th, 2013

Taking its rightful place in the world of gems, Spinel has definitely arrived. The discovery of the Tanzanian reds and pinks helped this beautiful gem finally get the credit it deserves. We find that using a country of origin name along with Spinel, i.e.: Burmese Spinel, helps remind everyone that these are natural gems actually mined at these sources.

The great thing about Spinel is the wonderful range of colors it comes in, its great clarity and it’s durability. Spinel has a hardness of 8 on the Mohs scale right behind Sapphires with a hardness of 9. As a rule, colors in Spinel tend to have steeliness to them, so finding saturated, vivid colors are a rare treat. At present, Vietnam, Burma and Sri Lanka produce pink, lavender, peach, steely blues, pink red and red colors. Tanzania produces open reds, pink reds and neony pink, (Mahenge mines) along with some new finds of purple colors.

Many shades of Spinel truly resemble that of Corundum, hence the red Spinel in the British Royal Crown Jewels thought to be rubies for many years. A bargain compared to Sapphires of the same shade of color in pink, lavender, peach and purple, Spinels look equally vibrant and beautiful. Larger sizes in this gem are hard to come by and often priced as high as their Sapphire counterparts. Obviously, fine red colors are the most expensive, with the larger sizes experiencing the largest price increase and rarity.

As more people express interest in unique and untreated gems, make sure to familiarize yourself with this wonderful gem. Please come by and check out our great selection at our booth or on our website at www.gem2000.com.

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