Naturally dazzling Spinel has graced the pages of history and many royal crowns due to its resemblance to ruby. Today, however, spinel stands on its own as a remarkable gem. Spinel comes in a wide range of stunning hues and can also exhibit optical phenomena like asterism and color-change. It is generally underappreciated compared to other colored stones, lending itself to more affordable prices. This gem, said in Burma to be polished by the spirits, has a beauty that is difficult to ignore. It serves as a birthstone for the month of August sharing with peridot. It is mainly found in Afghanistan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
Nature and color of Spinel:
Spinel has a hardness of 7.5-8 on the moh’s scale. It has fair and durable hardness rating which is equal to sapphire, ruby and diamond. Spinel often comes in wide variety of colors including red, blue, green, brown, black, gray, purple and even colorless. Spinel is often called as allochromatic gemstone which means the mineral is pure and makes it colorless. The red and blue spinels are most celebrated because it is historically identified as rubies and sapphires.
Healing properties of Spinel:
Spinel helps in the speed recovery of all diseases relating to movement including joints, bones and muscles pain. It helps in getting rid of negative relationships and moves on from toxic people and forgets past attachments.
Taking care of Spinel:
Taking care of Spinel is as easy as other gemstones, just cleaning with warm soapy water and wiping with a soft cloth is enough.
Spinel is often hard and flawless gemstone which makes excellent jewelry. As it requires no special cleaning or care instructions it is one of the best choices for the jewelry.