Spinel

Spinel - Color, Facts, Power, Mythology, History And Myths

Spinel is a naturally occurring beautiful stone, which has suffered because of its rarity and beauty and has extensively been used as a substitute of Ruby. It is said that most of the famous rubies used as gems in crowns around the world are actually Spinels.

Ones a misunderstood gem, Spinel is now a favourite stone of collectors and gem dealers and is mined for its own sake on account of its vividness, solidity and a wide range of spectacular and vibrant colors.

Spinel is a long-lasting and durable gemstone that is considered as perfect for all jewellery purposes. It is most often faceted in round, oval or cushioned shapes, but now it is not found in standardized sizes due to its scarcity.

Where is Spinel found?

The most exceptional variety of Spinel that is superior in color, size and quality is from Burma. Other places, where Spinel is found, are Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, Tanzania, Thailand, Tajikistan, and Madagascar.

Healing Properties

The beneficial qualities that Spinel possesses are:

  • Physical Healer

Pink Spinel is regarded as a treatment of physical fatigue and helps the wearer to overcome it. Spinel averts anxiety and nervousness and trims down physical swelling and soreness. Spinel is considered to improve the recovery of many ailments, like problems in bones, joints, and muscles. Spinel is also beneficial in treating teeth, spine, gums, and the whole body. It heals cancer, maintains the body weight, and increases endurance and physical power.

  • Emotional Healer

Spinel is considered a savior from stress, mental tension, and depression. It helps to invigorate and rejuvenate the body time and again due to which the wearer feels fresh and active. It induces will, hope, and purpose and encourages the wearer to overcome all the obstacles. A peach colored Spinel is excellent in building the self-esteem of the wearer and is also thought to diminish criticism towards others. 

  • Spiritual Healer

Spinel is used in the mental sphere of logical power and to help out in reducing or eliminating absent-mindedness. It helps in bringing the energy inside the body and cleansing the aura of the body. Violet Spinel is largely associated with the development of spirituality.

  • Heals and Balances Chakra

Red colored Spinel is associated with heart and root chakra. Root or base chakra gives the wearer the sense of stability and safety and keeps him grounded. Red stones are considered amazing for clearing and unblocking root chakra. The cleansing of the heart chakra is also equally important to allow the person to open up to the outer world. An unblocked heart chakra is great for those who are very sensitive at heart. They get depressed and sad very easily. A red colored Spinel will help them in overcoming such negativities. 

A blue colored Spinel opens the third eye chakra allowing the wearer to open his mind towards welcoming novelties of life.

Yellow Spinel is linked largely with solar plexus chakra and helps the one who wears it to remain mentally focused towards accomplishing things. It is the gemstone for those with low confidence and self-esteem as it encourages a stronger conviction in one’s personal abilities.

Spinel Facts

Some facts about Spinel

  • Spinel crystals are considered to be extremely perfect and hence termed as “Nat The” Black Prince’s Ruby in Burma, which means “polished by the spirits”.
  • The well-known Black Prince’s Ruby studded in the British Imperial Crown of the 14th century is, in fact, a red Spinel.
  • Spinel came into existence in 1850.
  • The Russian Imperial Crown is ornamented with a beautiful red Spinel gemstone whose weight is 398.72 carat.
  • The Samarian Spinel is assumed to be the biggest fine and superior-quality Spinel present on the earth. The weight of this gemstone is approximately 500 carats, and it is red in color.  It is the part of Iranian Crown Jewels.
  • High jewellery designers for instance Christian Dior, Harry Winston, Louis Vuitton, and Coco Chanel use Spinel gemstones together with other tinted gemstones or diamonds.

Metaphysical Properties

Spinel is the member of the magnesium aluminium mineral group. Its rose tinted variety was known as Balas Ruby in earlier times. The crystallization of Spinel is done in the isometric system, commonly forming twinned octahedral. The hardness of Spinel is 8 on the Moh’s scale, which determines that it is solid in its texture and formation.

The crimson or blood red variety of Spinel is often called as Ruby Spinel and is considered as the most valued form of this stone. It is also a very good alternative for Ruby. There is another variety of Spinel also, which is opaque and black known as Pleonast. It has an excellent gleam, and can be used as an alternative for any black gemstone.

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Spinel Color

Spinel is the beautiful gemstone that is available in various colors. Pure Spinel is, however, colorless, but the presence of impurities has made it a gemstone with a wide assortment of colors, like pink, orange, purple, green, red, and blue. A very beautiful cobalt blue Spinel has also been found, but it is extremely rare. Spinel can be manufactured very easily and can be finished in any color by adding up impurities. Synthetic or imitation Spinel is often pretended to replicate many other precious stones such as Sapphire, Diamond, and Zircon.

  • CleavageNone
  • Other NamesFlame Spinel, Rubicelle, Ceylonite, Pleonaste
  • Crystal HabitCubic, octahedral
  • StreakWhite
  • Refractive Index1.718
  • DiaphaneityTransparent to translucent
  • Mohs scale (hardness)7.5–8.0
  • SourcesBurma, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, Tanzania, Thailand, Tajikistan, and Madagascar.
  • Chemical formulaMgAl2O4
  • LustreVitreous
  • ColorRed and pink to blue to mauve, dark green, brown, black
  • Chakra HealingRoot or base chakra,Heart chakra
  • BirthstoneApril
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  • David
    Nov 5, 2014, 1:46:09 PM

    <br />I want to buy Spinel but little confused as it looks like zircon, diamond and sapphire. Please give me some tips to identify a true and exact spinel gemstone. <br />

  • Gemexi
    Nov 17, 2014, 4:27:50 PM

    Yeah David, the synthetic form of Spinel is often confused with Zircon and Diamond. However the properties of these are totally different. There are more identification tips that you may follow to know whether Spinel is original or not. So follow them and opt for the real piece only.

  • Alba
    Apr 8, 2015, 12:47:28 AM

    i wish like wearing this gemstone..i have read about it in an article above..found this content informative..should i tune it? suggest please..

  • Bob
    May 2, 2015, 2:42:32 AM

    hey Alba...you should try this gemstone...i have black spinel in my finger....i have been wearing it since one year and found it beneficial for me...it is fruitful in many ways...so check it out..Best of Luck..!!

  • Steve
    Jan 28, 2017, 11:31:40 AM

    Hi I am interested in the stones what different colors do you have and how do I buy it from you

  • Roshna
    Nov 13, 2017, 3:10:05 AM

    When is the best day to wear black spinel n in which hand n finger for ladies n gents?

  • Galilea
    Jul 10, 2019, 11:06:57 PM

    This stone looks perfect and wants to buy its jewelry. Please ping me whenever you have it in stock.

  • Lavina
    Sep 8, 2019, 10:32:05 PM

    Beautiful healing stone.

  • peora
    Oct 24, 2019, 10:37:14 PM

    A very beautiful collection of jewelry... I love to buy from you.

  • hashley
    Dec 12, 2019, 9:51:47 PM

    Very beautiful gemstone and I really like all shades of spinel gemstones.

  • keith
    Feb 8, 2020, 3:51:21 AM

    Your jewelry has a different charm I always enjoy to wear your jewelry\n

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