Spinel is one of the newest gemstones to come to the market and is sometimes
referred to as the most important gemstone of the new era. Spinel comes in
almost every shade of color and is found all over the world. In the old days it
was always found in the same area as Rubies. In those days there was no access
to modern gemmological tools or knowledge and so it was hard to differentiate mineral
varieties. All red stones that were pulled out of the ground where simply
However these days we know that there is a huge difference between Ruby and Spinel.
With modern tools we can quickly identify which mineral a red gemstone actually
is. One of the most famous stones where this occurred is the black princes
Ruby. This Ruby sits in the crown jewels. However the problem is this stone is
actually a Spinel. For centuries it was thought to be a beautiful red Ruby, however
when tested with modern tools it was obvious this was not the case.
In this category you will be able to find Spinel gemstones, specimens,
rough, matched pairs and lots more. We are lucky enough to have our verified
sellers who have access to many Spinel gemstones from different locations.
Spinel is a very hard gemstone, coming in at 8 on the MOHS scale. The only
gems that are harder than this are Sapphires, Rubies and Diamonds. It is a
perfect gemstone for use in every day jewellery because of its hardness.
Use the menus on the top left to navigate to the types of Spinel you would
like to view. The gemstones category is full of single faceted stones that are
perfect for use in jewellery. Navigate to the specimen’s page and you will find
some of the most amazing specimens that will have you wondering how these
stones form in nature.
Spinel rough is where you will find pieces of rough that are suitable for
cutting either as a faceted stone or as a cabochon. You can also find single
cabochon stones in the cabochon category.
For something really different, check out the pairs page where you will find
matched pairs of Spinel that are perfect for use in earrings. It can be difficult
to match the exact shade of Spinel so this category will come in handy when
trying to find matching pairs.