Spinel: The Hidden Gemstone of Distinction

Spinel: The Hidden Gemstone of Distinction

At the heart of every heirloom piece of jewelry lies a gemstone - a testament to the earth's mesmerizing handiwork. One such marvel is Spinel, a gem with a rich history, vibrant colors, and an allure that has captivated many over time.

Spinel is a mineral composed of magnesium aluminate. Its formation occurs deep within the earth’s crust under extreme heat and pressure. Over millions of years, these conditions crystallize the minerals into gemstones. Spinel is known for its durability and hardness, which adds to its desirability in the world of jewelry.

Historically, Spinel has often been mistaken for more familiar gems like rubies and sapphires due to its wide range of colors. In fact, some of the most famous "rubies" in crown jewels around the world are actually Spinels.

However, it wasn't until recent years that Spinel started to gain recognition for its own merits.

pink spinel oval

The color spectrum of Spinel is vast, ranging from intense reds, vivid pinks, oranges to cool blues, purples and even black. This variety, coupled with its brilliance and hardness, makes it a worthy rival to other colored gemstones.

To distinguish high-quality Spinel from lower grades, one must examine its
color saturation, clarity, and cut. High-quality Spinel's will have vivid, pure colors, exceptional clarity, and expert cuts to maximize their beauty.  


Spinel: The Rising Star of Engagement and Wedding Rings 

Grey Spinel Diamond Halo Engagement Ring in yellow gold

In the world of gemstones, a new star is rising.

Meet Spinel, the captivating gem that is fast becoming a popular choice for engagement rings and wedding rings.  With its dazzling array of colors, durability, and affordability, it's no wonder Spinel is making waves in
the jewelry industry. Spinel colors can be vivid or soft pastel tones.

  • Red, Blue, Pink, Purple and all shades in between are found.
  • Hot Pink Spinel is trending and very fashion forward
  • Blue Spinel is giving Blue Sapphire a run for its money
  • Red Ruby and Red Spinel have long been mistaken for one another
pink spinel

Spinel is a mineral gemstone that forms deep within the earth's crust under extreme heat and pressure.  Its name comes from the Latin word 'spina', meaning 'thorn', due to its pointed crystal formations. Originating from places like Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Vietnam, each Spinel carries a unique tale of its
geographical roots (read more about these unique tales below).

One of the most striking characteristics of Spinel is its vast color spectrum. From vibrant reds and pinks to cool blues and purples, and even black, Spinel offers a color for every taste. This versatility sets it apart from traditional gemstones like diamonds, which are typically colorless.

5 Things to Know about a Spinel Ring: Why Spinel is an Appealing Choice for an Engagement Ring or Wedding Rings

  1. Striking color capabilities. Spinel’s diverse palette allows for personalization, enabling couples to choose a color that best symbolizes their love story. Whether it's a fiery red Spinel representing passionate love or a cool blue one signifying loyalty and trust, there's a Spinel for every story.
  2. Durability. With a hardness of 8 on the Mohs scale, Spinel is a durable gem that can withstand daily wear, making it an excellent choice for engagement and wedding rings.
  3. Affordability. While Spinel offers the same beauty and durability as many traditional gemstones, it often comes with a more accessible price tag. This affordability makes Spinel an attractive option for couples looking for a high-quality gemstone that won't break the bank.
  4. Symbolic meanings. Throughout history, Spinel has been associated with revitalization and renewal – apt metaphors for starting a new chapter in life.
  5. Popularity. Trends in the jewelry industry have significantly impacted the rise in popularity of Spinel. As more couples seek out unique, personalized options for their engagement and wedding rings, the demand for colored gemstones has surged. And with its stunning colors, durability, affordability, and symbolic meanings, Spinel perfectly fits the bill.


purple spinel oval

Spinel is a gemstone that offers a perfect blend of beauty, strength, and value. As more people discover its charm, it's set to continue its rise as a popular choice for engagement and wedding rings.

If you're looking for a gemstone that's both unique and meaningful, why not consider Spinel? It might just be the hidden gem you've been searching for.


Spinel: A Journey Through Time and Cultures

Travel with us on a captivating journey, tracing the path of a gemstone that weaves its way through diverse cultures, rich histories, and breathtaking landscapes. This is the story of Spinel - a gemstone that has left an indelible mark on the regions where it is found, namely Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

Picture this trip with us in your mind ... 

Our journey begins in the resplendent island of Sri Lanka, often referred to as the 'Jewel Box of the Indian Ocean'. The history of Spinel here is as old as the hills themselves. Nestled amidst lush green tea plantations and misty mountains are the moonstone mines of Meetiyagoda where Spinel is unearthly.

To the local people, Spinel carries a sense of mysticism, often associated with protection and guidance.  It's not uncommon to see the island's fishermen wearing Spinel amulets, hoping for a safe return from the sea.

red spinel cushion cut

Next, we traverse to Myanmar, a country with a deep and profound connection to gemstones. In the heart of the country lies Mogok, the 'Valley of Rubies', where some of the world's finest Spinel's are mined. Here, Spinel is often referred to as "Nat Thwe" or "spirit polished", alluding to its radiant shine.
Interestingly, it was in these very mines that the famous Black Prince's Ruby – now known to be a red Spinel – was discovered. This gem is set in England's Imperial State Crown, a testament to Myanmar's illustrious gemstone history.

Our final stop is the picturesque country of Vietnam. The Luc Yen district in northern Vietnam is renowned for its exceptional blue Spinel's. Local folklore tells tales of these stones being tears of the moon goddess that turned into gems upon touching the earth. Vietnamese artisans often incorporate Spinel into traditional jewelry designs, reflecting their culture and heritage.

round blue spinel
Throughout this journey, one thing becomes clear - Spinel is more than just a gemstone. It's a marker of identity, a piece of history, and a symbol of cultural pride. From the mines of Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Vietnam, each Spinel carries with it a unique tale of its origin, crafting an enduring bond between the gem and its land. 
As our journey concludes, we're left with a deeper appreciation for Spinel. It's not just the vibrant colors or the brilliant shine that captivates us. It's the stories, the traditions, and the people behind the gem that truly make it special.
So, the next time you see a piece of Spinel jewelry, remember - you're not just looking at a gemstone, but a piece of the world's rich tapestry of cultures and histories.

Spinel: The Ultimate Guide to this Fascinating Gemstone

When it comes to gemstones, Spinel is a treasure that many are yet to discover. Renowned for its dazzling array of colors and its intriguing history, Spinel has captured the hearts of gem enthusiasts worldwide. This comprehensive guide will delve into what makes Spinel a gem worth considering, particularly in the realm of Spinel jewelry.

Discovering Spinel: A Gem Like No Other

Spinel is a mineral gemstone composed of magnesium aluminate. Its formation occurs deep within the earth's crust under extreme heat and pressure, resulting in a hard and durable gemstone. 

One of the most enchanting characteristics of Spinel is its color spectrum. From vibrant reds and pinks to cool blues and purples, and even black, the natural Spinel offers a color for every taste.

large cushion cut purple spinel

Emily Gill, at EG Bespoke Ltd. has access to some of the world’s most amazing colorful spinel gems - just waiting ready to make the perfect custom ring, or necklace for you.

Historically, Spinel was often mistaken for rubies or sapphires due to its rich colors. Some of the world's most famous crown jewels, including the British Crown Jewels has a fine red spinel, that was once thought to be ruby, are actually Spinels. Today, the Spinel gemstone is celebrated for its own unique qualities and charm.

Exploring the Spinel Crystal

The allure of the Spinel crystal lies not only in its colors but also in its structure. These crystals typically form as octahedrons - eight-sided structures that are both simple and complex.  The finest Spinels exhibit exceptional clarity and brilliance, adding to their desirability in fine jewelry.  They can be cut in a variety of shapes to showcase their stunning colors and crystal structures.

The Rarity of Spinel

Certain colors of Spinel, such as cobalt blue and bright pink, are incredibly rare. These rare Spinels are highly sought after by collectors and gem lovers. The rarity of these gems, coupled with their striking beauty, makes them a fascinating addition to any gem collection.

At EG Bespoke Ltd, we love the rich history of spinel and the diversity of colors available.  We are fortunate to have access to some of the finest examples of spinel:
• Tanzania often displays, soft pinks available from their mines
• Vietnam is producing some of the world’s most beautiful lavender spinel’s
• Cobalt Blue is the most valuable and rare spinel found in Luc Yen, Vietnam
• Brazil has a very rare green spinel, and
• Burma produces beautiful reds in various shades

Cultivation and Origins of Spinel

Natural Spinel is found in various parts of the world, including Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Each location produces Spinel’s with distinctive colors and qualities. For example, Myanmar is known for its 'Jedi' red Spinels, while Sri Lanka produces beautiful blue Spinels.

The Value of Spinel

The value of a spinel gem depends on several factors, including color, size, clarity, and origin. The most valuable spinels are those with intense, pure colors, excellent clarity, and substantial size. As appreciation for Spinel grows, so does its market value, particularly for rare and high-quality pieces.

The Charm of Spinel Crystals Jewelry

Spinel's durability and diverse color palette make it a perfect choice for all types of jewelry. Whether it's a pair of Spinel earrings showcasing the gem's vibrant hues or a Spinel engagement ring symbolizing unique love, Spinel jewelry is as versatile as it is beautiful.

Spinel is a truly captivating gemstone that invites exploration and discovery. With its myriad of colors, intriguing crystal structure, and increasing value, it's no wonder that Spinel is fast becoming a favorite among gem connoisseurs and jewelry lovers alike. If you're seeking a gemstone that combines beauty,  durability, and rarity, Spinel might just be the gem for you.

Some of Our Clients Most FAQs About Spinel

Now, let's delve into some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding this fascinating gem, Spinel:

What colors does Spinel come in?

Spinel comes in a wide array of colors, from rich reds and pinks to deep blues and purples, as well as black and colorless varieties. Imagine a dark green, greenish blue, dark blue, violet blue or deep red spinel, or even bright orange or hot pink!

Is Spinel rare, specifically Blue Spinel?

Yes, certain colors of Spinel, such as the coveted cobalt blue, are extremely rare and highly sought after.

What country is dark green Spinel found?

Brazil has a very rare green spinel. Dark green Spinel is also found in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.

Does Spinel value increase over time?

Yes, as appreciation for Spinel grows, so does the market price of this captivating gemstone. Quality pieces will become more valuable over time due to their rarity and unique beauty. Conclusion Spinel is a truly remarkable gemstone.

Are there different types of Spinel?

Yes, Spinels can be categorized based on their color and geographical origin. For instance, Burmese red Spinels and Sri Lankan blue Spinels are renowned for their exceptional quality.

How can I tell if my Spinel is real?

A certified gemologist can perform tests to confirm the authenticity of your Spinel.

Why is Spinel often mistaken for other gemstones?

Due to its wide range of colors and its historical misidentification, Spinel has often been mistaken for rubies or sapphires.

How should I care for my Spinel jewelry?
Spinel is relatively hard and durable, rated an eight on the Mohs hardness scale, but should be protected from harsh chemicals and extreme temperature changes.

Is Spinel a good investment?

As appreciation for Spinel grows, so does its value, particularly for rare and high-quality pieces.

Discover the Captivating Beauty of Spinel Today!

Spinel is a captivating gemstone that deserves to be celebrated for its dazzling colors, intriguing history, and unique qualities.  

Heirloom quality jewelers like, Emily Gill, Toronto, Canada like working with Spinel because it's a gem that invites exploration and discovery. Spinel is a truly unique gemstone, offering a rainbow of colors, impressive durability, and a intriguing history.

Some gemologists and jewelers believe Spinel should be considered the fifth precious gem, along with Diamonds, Ruby's Sapphires and Emeralds. Emily tends to agree. 

So, why not consider a Spinel gem for your next custom heirloom piece of jewelry with EG Bespoke Ltd.?   Whether you’re looking for an exquisite piece of jewelry or a rare gemstone to add to your collection, explore the wonders of Spinel today - You won't be disappointed.

pear blue spinel


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