3 ct Natural Teal Spinel & Diamond 18K Ring

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This is a gorgeous, natural spinel. The color is beautiful and unusual - teal, with a lot of sparkle. It has a very high dispersion, meaning light hitting the exceptional faceting becomes prismatic - rainbows of colors sparkle with even slight movement. The gemstone is cut in an exquisite oval brilliant cut. We put this beautiful gemstone in a setting we designed - with 2 large sparkling diamonds on each side and even diamonds under the gemstones, all in 18K white satin-finished gold. Satin finishing provides that little designer's touch, while showcasing the sparkle of the gemstones. If desired, it can be removed and high polished.

If you are unfamiliar with spinels, please read the description at the bottom of the page. Spinels are prized by gemstone collectors and fine jewelry connoisseurs all over the world.

How often does someone stop you and compliment you on your jewelry? We love to create the type of jewelry that stops people in their tracks. If you've never owned a quality made sophisticated and beautiful designer ring and want to, this is your gemstone ring! Our pieces are quality with solid 18K gold using the finest materials and labor. These pieces will be tomorrow's heirlooms. It's truly a one-of-a-kind ring - only from California Girl Jewelry. As with all our jewelry, sizing is always free, shipping is free and the ring comes in a solid rosewood gift box for presentation. Quality matters.

Solid 18K white gold, satin-finished
Clarity/Color: VS/F
Cut/Shape: Round, brilliant
Sides: .27 cts. each
Weight: .65 tcw
Prong set
Size: 6.5 (easily sizable - we offer complementary sizing on our rings)

Natural Spinel
Color: Teal (greenish blue) with rainbow sparkle
Weight: 3.02 carats
Size (Length x Width x Depth): 9.06 x 7.44 x 5.12d mm
Cut: Oval brilliant
Origin: Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
Treatment: None

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 with Rubies and Sapphires. Spinels are hard, and make fantastic gemstones in jewelry - with a lot of Bling! They are also singly refractive, which gives them their intense colors - they come in a wide range of beautiful colors, just like sapphires. This is a real find! We bought this gemstone from the mine in Tanzania - for your collection!

Spinel is a good candidate for the title of “History’s Most Underappreciated Gem.” Some ancient mines that supplied gems for royal courts from Rome to China produced spinel, but it was usually confused with better-known stones like ruby and sapphire.

In ancient times, the mines of central and southeast Asia yielded exceptionally large spinel crystals. These fine stones became known as Balas rubies, and some of them were the treasured property of kings and emperors, often passing through many hands as spoils of war. As a result, some of the world’s most illustrious “rubies” are actually spinel.

One of the most famous examples is the so-called “Black Prince’s ruby.” This historic crimson-red gem is set in England’s Imperial State Crown and displayed in the Tower of London. Smoothly polished and roughly octagonal in shape, it was probably mined in the mountains of Afghanistan. It first appeared in the historical records of fourteenth-century Spain, and was owned by a succession of Moorish and Spanish Kings before Edward, Prince of Wales—the “Black Prince”— received the stone in 1367 as payment for a battle victory.

Since then, many other English monarchs—including Henry VIII—have cherished this magnificent gemstone. It’s outlasted them all, surviving fires, attempted theft, and World War II bombing raids, to become—with the Koh-i-Noor diamond—one of the centerpieces of England’s Crown Jewels.

Another large spinel in the Crown Jewels, the “Timur Ruby,” weighs over 350 carats. It, too, has a checkered history. Several Persian inscriptions carved into the gem testify to its age.