This is a gorgeous, natural spinel. The color is a beautiful steel blue with a lot of sparkle. It has a 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 lots of diamonds, all in 18K rose gold. All diamonds are full cut and colorless. Full cut colorless diamonds are the highest quality - each is cut with 57 facets for incredible sparkle.
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.
Color: Steel Blue with Rainbow Sparkle
Weight: 4.794 carats
Size (Length x Width x Depth): 11.0 x 10.0 x 7 mm
Cut: Oval Brilliant
Origin: Mogok, Burma
Metal: Solid 18K Rose Gold
Cut/Shape: Round, Brilliant
Weight: .70 tcw
Size: 6.5 (we offer complimentary sizing on our rings)
What is a Spinel:
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.
Modern technology hasn’t helped spinel’s confused identity as far as the general public is concerned. This is due largely to the widespread use of synthetic spinel as an imitation for many other gems. Most customers aren’t even aware that there’s a natural version of the stone. (Source: GIA)
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.