Vivid pink spinel lucky charm earrings with diamond prong accents in 14kt gold valued at $1595
Vivid pink spinel lucky charm earrings with diamond prong accents in 14kt gold.
$1450

Probably the most common question we get concerning spinel is “what’s that?” A standard reply goes something like “well, it’s a manganese aluminum oxide, of course.” I hardly know what that means, but it’s correct and sounds good. Not being a commonly encountered gem, like topaz or amethyst, shows its name is not familiar.

During the past few decades, however, it’s desirability and price have only increased. Collectors and jewelers alike have sought out this jewel for its classic gem characteristics: rarity, beauty and durability. Spinel is among the hardest most durable gems available. A harness of eight combined with a toughness (due to its lack of cleavage) greater than a diamond creates incredible brilliance and luster. When faceted, it’s color is generally a strong indicator of its country of origin or a color descriptor. Red spinels are thought as Burmese, cobalt blue spinel of Sri Lanka origin. Due to the fact that spinels are not treated or enhanced in any way – a reasonable guess can be made about their country of origin.

Purple spinel and diamond ring 14k white gold valued at $1425
Purple spinel and diamond ring 14k white gold.
$1425

Spinels are extremely rare gems and high-quality, saturated colors can be tens of thousands per carat. Stones over two carats are considered large and very hard to come by. Spinels also display a star effect, much like a star sapphire. It’s this rarity which makes spinel attractive to a gem connoisseur or a jewelry buyer alike.

Spinel is one of our favorite stones and we have a selection of heirloom quality rings, pendants and bracelets with gemstones from Sri Lanka, Africa or Burma. We create custom color lines for bracelets with 20+ carats of mixed vivid or color graduated gems. If you’d like to see some of our loose stones for your custom jewelry ideas or our spinel bracelet lines, we have full color spectrum and silver to dusk gray spinel in stock.

Our custom spinel spectrum bracelet is 28 carats of color graduated spinel. Set in 14k yellow gold. $5,800
Our custom spinel spectrum bracelet is 28 carats of color graduated spinel.
Set in 14k yellow gold.
$5,800