Pink Spinel

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A peek into the history of Pink Spinel

For centuries, the main historic source of red and pink spinels has been in modern day Afghanistan and Tajikistan. But, spinel has also long been mined in Sri Lanka and Burma (today’s Myanmar). Newer spinel mines that rival the intense red and pink colors commonly associated with the historic Burmese spinels can now be found in Tanzania and Madagascar.

Did you know?

  • For centuries, spinel has been mistaken for ruby and regarded as such in Europe’s crown jewels. It wasn’t until 1783 that the French mineralogist Jean Baptiste Louis Rome de Lisle distinguished spinel as a different mineral from ruby. And this high quality gemstone has often been underappreciated ever since.
  • High jewelry designers, such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Chopard, Harry Winston and Chanel use spinel gemstones along with other colored gemstones or diamonds in their unique jewelry pieces.
  • The Samarian Spinel is believed to be the largest fine spinel in the world. It is a red 500 carat gemstone that is part of the Iranian Crown Jewels.
  • The Russian Imperial Crown is adorned with a red 398.72 carat spinel gemstone. It forms an integral part of the Moscow Kremlin Armory State Diamond Fund collection.
  • Historically, red and rose-hued spinels were often referred to as ‘balas rubies’. This may have referred to their country of origin, called Badakshan (today’s area of Afghanistan/Tajikistan).

Why fall in love with Pink Spinel?

  • Stunning colors ranging from traffic light red, to orange and hot neon pink. But also - particularly interesting for an engagement ring - in softer pastel and lavender blues, pinks and glamorous light greys.
  • Great ‘hardness’ (meaning the stone doesn’t scratch easily) and transparency. Spinels are often far more ‘clean’ inside the stone than rubies and sapphires. This adds to their excellent sparkling brilliance, and makes them belong to the top jewelry gemstones. In other words, it can keep up with your busy lifestyle, work schedule, trips and social obligations.
  • Historic status of being worn by emperors and kings in ancient times, both in the East and West. Magnificent pieces can be found in one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces by houses such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Piaget and Christian Dior Haute Joaillerie.
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