Spinel specimens are unique pieces that are usually rough. Spinel
specimens tend to show the exact way a Spinel stone will grow in nature and
will sometimes come on the host rock. Spinel specimens are very popular among
mineral collectors as they will show exactly how a Spinel crystal grows.
One of the most popular Spinel specimens is the crystals
present on a marble host rock. The marble is a beautiful white while the Spinel
specimens are an intense red and they show the perfect crystal shape of Spinel.
Most of the time these Spinel specimens are carved and polished to make them
look their best.
There is another variety of Spinel specimens that is very
popular and that is the Spinel twin. This happens when a crystal is growing in
one direction but then it decides to shift and grow in another direction. The
result is two crystals that are obviously growing in different directions.
These types of Spinel specimens are extremely rare and good quality specimens
are highly sought after.
When buying Spinel specimens it is important to look for
items that have a fantastic crystal shape and for specimens that have great
color. If you are collecting Spinel specimens it is a good idea to try and collect
either specimens from the same region or try to collect one from every Spinel producing