September 9, 2021
The spinel stone is an unusually beautiful creation of the earth’s interior. The gemstone is rare, so its value is quite high. Spinel has special properties that make this stone stand out from others, and they include one of the most diverse color spectra and a charming refractive index due to which a strong brilliance appears. It is also known as “the greatest impostor among precious stones.” It received such a role due to the fact that in the past, this stone was decorated with royal crowns, scepters, and royal jewelry, and not with a ruby, as it was believed at that time.
And today, you will find out why spinel continues to be one of the most sought-after gems around the world. This article will describe spinel properties as well as the use of the stone in various jewelry, which are highly sought after by the great jewelry houses. Moreover, we will describe all types of spinels, highlighting the most important facts about each of them. After reading this information, we assure you that August's birthstone, spinel, will open for you at a new angle.
The range of shades of spinel is incredible: from bright red to neon blue, from calm green to fire orange, from golden yellow to mystical purple. There are even black as night and transparent, like a teardrop, crystals. Spinel is one of the few precious stones that delight with the richness of the color palette. Mineral impurities – iron, manganese, chromium – paint the stone in a variety of colors.
Since August’s birthstone has excellent properties and a varied color palette, it will look spectacular in any jewelry and can be worn for a long time, and that is why spinel can be said to be a universal precious gem. Finding jewelry with large natural stones is quite difficult, but there is no need for this because miniature items with this gem look amazingly exquisite.
For convenience, the main color palette has some subdivisions, conventionally dividing spinel into subspecies. Thus, the following can be distinguished:
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