Spinel is often confused with Ruby and Sapphire as they share many of the same shades and qualities.
It wasn’t until the 19th century that any distinction was made between them. In fact, many famous Rubies have since been proven to be Red Spinel. The Black Prince’s Ruby which is the centrepiece of the Royal Crown of England is actually a large Red Spinel.
Although the blood-red shades are the most desirable and valuable, Spinel is also commonly found in just about every colour imaginable.
Aside from having an abundant colour range, it is a very strong gemstone which makes it a suitable choice for use in fine jewellery. The only reason Spinel is constantly overlooked in favour of Ruby and Sapphire is due to the fact that many consumers are unaware of its existence.
Burma produces the most outstanding Spinel gemstones, closely followed by Africa.
Because of the abundance of synthetic Spinel, one must always be careful only to purchase this gemstone from reputable dealers.
To view a range of Spinel gemstones in your price range, please contact Larsen Jewellery in Sydney: 02 9223 2006.