Spinel is an ideal gemstone to work with. It registers hardness of 8.0, has consistent quality with superior reflectance and is devoid of any cleavage.
The name spinel comes from the Latin "spina," meaning thorn and the Greek word for spark, alluding to the gem's intense color and the spikey crystals present in certain varieties. With its strength and beauty, spinel is commonly mistaken for diamond, ruby or sapphire. However, this gem is exceptional in its own rights. Unfortunately, the global market is currently facing a dwindling supply of spinel, making this a stone precious due to limited availability.
LOCATION: Thailand, Tanzania
Thai Black Spinel is sourced from the Bo Phloi district in the Kanchanaburi province in Thailand. With a stark black palette like a starless night sky, the black spinel is a distinctive gem. Unlike most gems, it does not require routine enhancements to keep its luster. Only simple polishing is required.
Mahenge Red Spinel: Pulled from the Mahenge mines of southern Tanzania, this gem displays a lush red canvas with pink undertones.
Mahenge Purple Spinel: Treasured for its brilliance and spectacular purple hues and lavender undertones, Mahenge purple spinel is one of the gem kingdom's best kept secrets. This gemstone's popularity has rapidly increased in recent years, making this a rare prize.