As a gemologist, I see many beautiful gemstones. I think this cherry red spinel is one of the finest I've seen.
As the designer, I am in love with this ring: The band has larger colorless diamonds, with larger diamonds on the halo and on the north, south, east and west points, all in solid 18K yellow gold. The center spinel is a 1.79 ct exceptional emerald cut, mined in the Mae Sai mining district, Thailand
Whether you wear this ring on your left or right hand, it will turn heads. Spinels are hard and durable gemstones and suitable for everyday wear.
Weight: 1.78 carats
Center: Size (L x W x D): 9.8 x 5.6 x 3.5mm
Cut/Shape: Emerald, step
Color: Cherry red
Origin: Mae Sai mining district, Thailand
Metal: 18K Yellow Gold
Cut/Shape: Round, Brilliant
Clarity/Color: VVS-VS/F (colorless)
Weight: 1.10 total carat weight
Size: 6.5 (we always offer complementary sizing)
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.
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 the gem. 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.