Rare Blue Spinel and Diamond 18k Ring

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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' spinel.
This beautiful gemstone ring has a rare and sought-after gemstone – a natural unheated blue Spinel, direct from the mines in Ceylon (Sri Lanka).  We put it in our beautiful 18K White Gold and Diamond setting that just complements the spectacular rarity of this important gem!  This is an 8-prong design with 3 rows of full cut diamonds on the band. 
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.  A question we were asked - Does it in person look like the photographs?  Yes! Even better - we photograph in direct sunlight, but the sparkle is truly impossible to catch on camera.
18K White Gold
Cut/Shape:  Round, Brilliant, Full Cut
Weight:  .60 ctw (approx)
Size:  6.5 (easily sizable - we offer complimentary sizing on our rings)
Natural Blue Spinel
Weight:  3.08 carats
Size (L x W x D):  9.78 x 7.42 x 5.19 mm
Cut/Shape:  Elongated Cushion, Brilliant
Color:   Cobalt Blue
Origin:  Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
Treatment:  none (unheated)
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 sparkly and make fantastic gemstones in jewelry - 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.