A stunning and beautiful Gemstone, Spinel features bright red and pink hues and looks perfect in either a ring or a pendant. Often confused with the Ruby gemstone due to its similar appearance, Spinel has a long history, with some famous large pieces still in existence.
In the mines of ancient Asia, several large Spinels were recovered and were made the property of kings and emperors. Mistaken for Rubies, these stones were named Balas Rubies and passed through many hands during wars. Even in the Imperial State Crown, Spinel makes and appearance and can be seen in the Tower of London. A favourite of many English Monarchs surviving fires, attempted theft and even bombing raids.
Available in a wide range of hues, pink and red Spinels are caused by traces of chromium, and orange and purple hues are created by a mixture of iron and chromium. The birthstone of August alongside Peridot and Sardonyx, the Spinel has a MOHS hardness of 8, making it quite a soft gemstone.