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Gemstones: Introduction to Spinel

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Gemstones: Introduction to Spinel

Because your jewelry often becomes a personal, permanent part of yourself, we are committed to being transparent and educational about the precious metals and gemstones we use in our fine jewelry. From topaz to morganite to sapphires, we have worked hard to build an ethical supply chain that also represents the highest quality stones. 

What is spinel?

Spinel is a gemstone that has been used in fine jewelry for centuries. For years, blue and red spinels were mistaken for rubies and sapphires because of their similar beauty and brilliance. However, the chemical composition of these stones is different. While many natural rubies and sapphires have imperfections, from cracks to inclusions, spinel’s durability has created an abundance of nearly perfect gemstones.

How does it differ from diamonds?

Much like diamonds, spinel gemstones have lovely fire and brilliance. A well-cut spinel centerpiece will dazzle and cast an array of colourful sparkles in the same way that all our carefully handpicked gemstones do. Though spinels do come in nearly colourless varieties, most emit colour, from pale pink to deep blues and reds. 

Spinels have a hardness rating of 8 on the MOH hardness scale, while diamonds are rated at 10. So while they are not as hard as diamonds (the hardest gemstones of all), they are durable enough to last a lifetime. The primary difference is the care and keeping of your spinel jewelry, since they are slightly softer than diamonds.

Spinels are a beautiful alternative to traditional engagement rings. While many couples want to symbolize their commitment with diamonds, spinels are one of the lightly colored or brilliantly hued stones that dazzle brides and grooms who desire a piece that is a bit unique. 



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