1.65 CT Top Color Natural Pink Spinel Gemstone (N)
Until recently, spinel was an underappreciated gem with little consumer recognition. Increasing demand for ruby alternatives rekindled appreciation for spinel’s rich red color and history. In ancient times, southeast Asia’s mines yielded exceptional large spinel crystals, which became the treasured property of kings and emperors, often passing through many hands as spoils of war.
Spinel was recently added as an August birthstone, sharing this month with peridot and sardonyx. It has long been mistaken for ruby by emperors and monarchs. Many of the famous “rubies” of history were actually spinels.
The famous 14th century Black Prince’s Ruby in the British Imperial Crown is actually a red spinel.
The most valued spinel colors are bright red, cobalt blue, and vivid pink and orange. Pale lavender is more affordable
Spinel with no visible inclusions is preferred. The more prominent the inclusions, the less valuable the gem.
Fine-color spinel is rare above five carats. Most fine-quality rough is cut to non-standard sizes to save weight.