6 Facts You Should Know About Spinel

  • Spinel is a brilliant red gem that is loved for its rich red colour and history.

  • Spinel is found in some of the same locales as ruby. This has led to centuries of great confusion in gemstone history, as spinels have often been mistaken for rubies.

  • Some of the famous "rubies" in the British crown jewels are actually spinels, including the 170-carat Black Prince's Ruby set into the British Imperial State Crown, and the Timur Ruby which is a 352 carat spinel engraved with the names of mogul emperors who previously owned it.

  • This spinel crystal’s shape is an octahedron. It has eight sides.

  • Red spinel is the most popular, but spinel is also available in many other colours including blue, hot pink, and bright orange. There are also star spinels and colour change spinels, which are considered to be quite rare.

  • Spinel is one of the hardest minerals. It rates 8.0 on the mohs hardness scale, making spinel well suited to be worn in jewellery.



July 29, 2014 by Perrine Comeille
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