Please be wary of 'lab grown' and 'cultured' gemstones! They are synthetic, and are never worth more than a few dollars. This is a natural, 'mined' and untreated spinel.
This beautiful, rare gemstone ring has a very sought-after gemstone – a natural unheated blue color-change Spinel, direct from the mines in Sri Lanka. We put it in our beautiful 18K white gold and diamond setting that we designed to properly showcase this very rare gemstone.
This gemstone changes color from sapphire blue (in daylight) to purple with incandescent lighting and candlelight. It's a rare occurrence for gemstones to change color with different lighting - some sapphires will change also. The most famous gemstones to change color are alexandrites. Diaspores also change (check them out in our store!). We love the rarest and most beautiful gemstones in the world - and love to make beautiful jewelry out of them.
The photos for this gemstone do not do it justice - it looks like a blue sapphire - but 100x rarer. Because few people know Spinel, it is still affordable. If this was a Sapphire, it would be 10x the price.
(The model is wearing our pearl and diamond earrings :) )
18K White Gold
Cut/Shape: Round, Brilliant, Full Cut
Weight: 1.0 cttw (approx)
Size: 6.5 (we always offer complementary sizing on our rings)
Natural Blue Color Change Spinel
Weight: 2.490 carats
Size (Diameter x Depth): 8.9 x 5.1 mm
Cut/Shape: Round, Brilliant
Color: 'Sapphire' blue changing to purple
Origin: Sri Lanka
Treatment: none (unheated/untreated)
What exactly is a Spinel?
Spinels are 100 times rarer than Rubies and Sapphires, yet less expensive (because most of the world still doesn't know about these rare beauties!). The minerals that comprise Spinel are very similar to Rubies and Sapphires (Corundum), in fact, Spinels are always found in the mines growing right next to Rubies and Sapphires. Spinels are hard and sparkly and make fantastic gemstones in jewelry to be worn everyday - with a lot of Bling! They have been mistaken for Rubies and Sapphires for centuries - they are even in the Crown Jewels of England, i.e., The Black Prince's Ruby - which is actually a large red Spinel. They come in a wide range of beautiful colors, just like sapphires. They are also similar to Sapphires in hardness (8 on the Mohs' Scale) yet half the price. This is a real find! We bought this large gemstone from the mines in Ceylon - for your collection!
Legend and Lore*:
Spinel is said to be a stone of revitalization, and can re-energize. This makes it an excellent stone for workaholics. It is said to help release your stress and anxieties, and replenish your low energy levels. It is supposed to bring you inspiration and new hope. Some say the energies of this stone will help you find new ways of thinking and give you the strength to face life’s challenges while making you more persistent and determined not to crumble under pressure, and it will help you look forward to the future when this difficult period is over.
It is said to open your chakras because of its extensive color range, and stimulate kundalini energies to travel up your spine.
Spinel is said to enhance all the positive sides of your personality, and help you achieve success with humility, while helping you accept your failures with optimism. The folklore suggests this stone will align your physical, emotional, and etheric bodies and remove all the blockages that are preventing a smooth energy flow, while promoting physical vitality and ease all signs of exhaustion in your body, heart, mind, and spirit.
*The information provided above is for entertainment purposes only. It is based on centuries of folklore, well before the age of modern medicine. It is not meant as actual medical information or advice in any way.