Spinels, Spinels and more Spinels, and why we love it
It hasn’t been long since I returned from India, where I spent three weeks celebrating family and conducting some business, too. While I have returned with many treasured memories, one of my fondest remnants of this trip may just be the gemstones I acquired there—in particular spinels.
Beautiful and historic Jaipur
These are a few images from my buying trip in Jaipur, India.
*Myanmar is the source of some of the world’s most beautiful spinels, particularly the magnificent pink, red and orange-red hues.
I’m entranced by their color, how they range from red to pink to purple to blue, these all-encompassing hues that make up the once-under appreciated stone. Aren’t they just incredible?
Spinel has seen somewhat of a renaissance as of late: The industry seems to have caught on to its tantalizing presence. It’s typically less expensive than a ruby but often just as vibrant; in fact, many of history’s famous rubies have in fact been mistakenly identified, and are in fact spinels.
In 1917, the Hope Spinel was sold at Christies in the auction of “The Hope Heirlooms”, where it sold for £1,060 ($122,140 today) to the London dealer Drayson. Almost a decade later, the spectacular spinel, weighing 50.13 carats, is estimated to fetch 200 times that amount. Photo credit @bonhamsjewels
Queen Therese’s ruby and spinel diadem, a gift from her husband King Ludwig I.
Spinel clocks in at an 8 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, so it’s a fantastic option for everyday wear (maybe even an engagement ring?). It has also recently been bestowed the honor of August’s birthstone (along with peridot and sardonyx), so this month, it seems even more special.
Said to enhance the positive aspects of one’s personality, a jewel set with spinel will have you looking good and feeling good, if you believe the folklore. It’s also said to aid in achieving success, which probably has something to do with that whole looking good, feeling good thing.
I’m so anxious to set these stones, but for such exquisite gems, I want the designs to be just as lovely. I’ve just started brainstorming ideas to really show them off—what do you think so far?