This beautiful gemstone ring has a rare and sought-after gemstone – a natural untreated pink Spinel, direct from the very famous Kuh-i-Lal mine in the Pamir mountains of Tajikistan. This is the area where the famous Black Prince's Ruby was unearthed (it's actually a spinel) and also the Timur Ruby (another spinel) in the Crown Jewels of England and considered by many as the world's finest source for spinels.
This spinel is gorgeous and looks much better than pictured - very sparkly and a perfect bubblegum pink color. We acquired it from a serious gem collector. We set it in a setting of 18K white gold, with larger, .10 carat colorless diamonds on the band, and a beautiful diamond basket under the gemstone. We even made a 2-sided diamond halo for that extra designer's touch - diamonds at every angle.
18K white gold
Clarity/Color: VVS-VS/F (colorless)
Cut/Shape: Round, brilliant
Weight: 1.53 cttw
Size: 6.5 (easily sizable - we offer complementary sizing on our rings)
Weight: 1.43 carats
Size (LxWxD): 9.3 x 5.7 x 3.8 mm
Cut/Shape: Elongated cushion
Color: Medium Hot Pink
Origin: Kuh-i-Lal mine in the Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan
Treatment: none (no heating/no treatment)
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! Spinels 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 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!
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.