Along with Peridot, Spinel is the birthstone of August and zodiac stone for Sagittarius. Traditionally, these stones are given as gifts on the 9th, 16th, 27th and 65th wedding anniversary.
During the old days, most of the people were confused with Spinel and Ruby. The famous "Black Prince's Ruby" is a 170 carats Red Spinel. These stones have a lot of interesting and great history.
Let us learn more about Spinel:
Spinel is a hard glassy mineral and the magnesium or aluminum member of the larger Spinel group of minerals. These stones are known as the stone of hope as it helps the wearer to bring bright and positive effects in life. It is a stone that boosts your courage and confidence in your worst times.
August-born babies are most likely to be more confident, organized, and smart. They are very tolerant, fortunate, and motivated people. They make quite a good leader and they are devoted to achieving their dreams at any cost. These beautiful traits make Spinel perfect for August's birthstone.
The word "Spinel" is believed to be derived from the Latin word "Spina" which means "thorns" in reference to the sharp-pointed crystals. In ancient Sanskrit writings, these stones were referred to as "daughter of Ruby".
For centuries, most of the Red Spinel were mistaken as Rubies because of their same color. The Timur Ruby was believed to be the largest known Ruby weighing over 350 carats but in fact, it is a Red Spinel. Currently, it is owned by Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom.
Spinels are found in rare mafic igneous rocks as a metamorphic and a primary mineral. In these types of rock, the magmas are relatively inadequate in alkalis relative to aluminum. During this, if the aluminum oxide combines with magnesia, Spinel is formed.
The chemical formula of Spinel is MgAl2O4 (Magnesium Aluminate). These stones have a hardness of 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale and they have a vitreous luster.
Spinel is a beautiful stone that has no types of its own.
Spinels are mostly mined in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and other countries. Let us have a look at some of the mines and places where these stones are mined.
The price of Spinel can range from $200-$500 and $600-$1200 according to its size and quality. The Samarian Spinel is the largest of its kind to be ever discovered. It weighs 500 carats and currently It is part of the Iranian Crown Jewels. In 2015, the Hope Spinel was sold for $1.47 million at the Bonhams London fine jewelry sale.
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