Rare Mahenge Spinel Pear & Diamond 18K Ring

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Behold the Magenge spinel.  This vibrant orangey, pinkish-red gemstone simply glows.  We designed a setting of solid 18K gold with a sparking diamond halo and band of colorless, full-cut diamonds to complement this spectacular gem.  This is a one-of-a-kind ring.


Natural Mahenge Spinel

Weight: 1.71 carats (approx.)

Size (LxWxD): 8.6 x 6.2 x 5 mm

Cut/Shape: Brilliant Pear

Color: Orangey, Pinkish Red

Origin: Ipanko, Mahenge Tanzania

Treatment: None 


Metal:  18K Yellow Gold

Accents: Diamonds

Cut/Shape: Round, Brilliant

Clarity/Color: VS/F (colorless)

Weight: .68 tcw (approx)

Size: 6.5 (we always offer free sizing)


Mahenge Spinel (Ma-hen-gee) is the gemstone that changed the gem world and knocked it off its feet. In August, 2007 the world of gemology and jewelry was about to change. In a farmer’s field in Ipanko, near the town of Mahenge, Tanzania, workers were trying to move a boulder from a field. When oxen pulled the boulder, it tipped over, revealing an amazing colored gemstone - it was a giant pyramid-shaped Spinel crystal weighing 52 Kgs (114 Pounds). This Mahenge Spinel crystal displayed the gemmy neon vibrant orangey, pinkish red color that is now famous as The Mahenge Spinel. The crystal was highly included, but chunks of top quality stone were able to be faceted in Bangkok and distributed to the world market. From this point on, the Mahenge Spinel was thrust into the spotlight as one of the most famous, beautiful and vibrant gemstones of all time. 

The remarkable glow that makes the best Mahenge spinel is entirely unique. Like high quality Paraiba tourmaline, the Mahenge spinel seems to possess a kind of energy that glows even under low light conditions. It glows (fluoresces) bright red like a neon sign under black light. It is one of the most spectacular gemstones in any lighting

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. 

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.