Spinel

Spinel is a semi-precious gemstone most famous for its deep red colour and its close resemblance with Ruby making these two gemstones almost indistinguishable.

Spinel is a semi-precious gemstone most famous for its deep red colour and its close resemblance with Ruby making these two gemstones almost indistinguishable. In fact they are so similar that up until the late 1800’s, there was no clear separation and grading between the two. Not only because they look identical and but also have the same origins. Interestingly enough, many famous old “Rubies” were found to actually be Spinel.

While Spinel is famed for its red colour and is often the most desirable colour for spinel, it does in fact occur in a range of colours, such as red, violet, purple, light to deep blue, orange, pink, yellow, brown, and black. It is a durable gem with a hardness of 8.0 on the Mohs scale.

Spinel is the gemstone for the 22nd wedding anniversary and, joint with Peridot and Onyx (Sardonyx), the birthstone for August. It is said to symbolise purposefulness and intellect, promote love and compassion, and grant strength. Spinels also represent encouragement for dealing with difficult tasks and strength against troublesome influences of others.

Spinel is also advised for those who are suffering from stress because of the gemstones soothing qualities and calming energy. It also represents providing encouragement for dealing with difficult tasks and strength against troublesome influences of others. The delightful semi-precious stone is also thought to aid the wearer in clarifying thoughts and igniting creative ideas.