Spinel is a very popular stone that has often been misunderstood as Ruby. Infact it has long been used as a substitute to ruby by jewelers across the world for its bright luster and striking color. Spinel gets its name from the word “spina” meaning spines in Latin attributing to its needle-like formations. Formed under pressure of igneous and metamorphic rocks, spinels are mined widely across Myanmar Sri Lanka, Brazil and Afghanistan. Comparitively spinels are durable and suitable for all purposes. Naturally it is found faceted in shaped like round and oval, however, now due to its scarcity it is found in erratic shapes.

Quality And Appearance

Spinel is a magnesium aluminium oxide that forms into octahedral, dodecahedral or cubic crystal. These are translucent to transparent and exhibit a vitreous luster. Owing to the presence of chromium, iron, and cobalt, the color of spinal ranges from colorless to black, brown, yellow, purple, blue, pink and red being the most sought after due to its visual similarity to rubies. 

Spinel Buying Guide: Spinels have always been considered an alternate or cheaper version of rubies and hence fall on the less expensive side when it comes to price range. Apart from red, deep blue spinels also fetch a good price. It is a common practice to use spinels for imitation jewelry hence, spinels are not widely considered as a natural genuine gemstone. Spinels under 1 carat usually cost between $200 to $500. However, larger size price increases to $600 to $1,200 a carat in the 1-2 ct size.

Therapeutic Properties

Spinel is a powerful yet soothing crystal that is connected to the root chakra. It is known for its healing properties and stress, anxiety and depression. Spinels are a perfect choice for you is you are looking for rejuvenation during an invigorating mediation session. Many harness its detoxification powers during fasting, and detox periods. Prolonged use of spinels slowly bring to your body and mind into harmony, by balancing and moderating your food and sleep habits. This lustrous stone is closely associated with renewal, rejuvination and getting past difficulties by connecting your kundalini energy and Hira lines. Gempro believes spinels lengthen your life by balancing Chi energy flow and removing blocks. Spinels fill your physical vitality, renewed energy and eliminate exhaustion.

Expert Suggestion

If you are looking for a stone that enhances all positive aspects of your personality then spinels are your best friend. Keep them around you and you will get closer to success with humility everyday. Gempro suggests spinels for workaholics who are constantly under pressure and need frequent rejuvenation from burning out. Gift your start-up CEO friend a spinel and watch him casting away his fatigue and anxiety. Spinel are similar to Citrine. Place a spinel in your living room for energy and a refreshing environment in your home.

Fashion Advice

Spinel is a protective charm that keeps its wearer not only away from negative energies but also attracts positive vibes. It is used to make necklaces, bracelets, and an earring of various designs and pretty much suits all styles due to its wide variety of colors. Ruby like red spinels is particularly popular among jewelers as it is a worthy substitute to the former. Gempro fashion experts suggest wearing spinel rings and bracelet for a pop of color and shine.

Gempro Speaks

Spinel is a beautiful stone of renewal and calmness in one. It draws positive energies and wards of negative vibes from its wearer. A powerful yet soothing stone that is highly recommended for those who seek a fresh, lively and energetic life that arises out of balance and harmony of the body, mind and soul.

Spinel Gemstone Specifications

  • Species: Spinel
  • Alternate Names: Spinel
  • Colors: Red, Pink, Bluish Violet To Greenish Blue, Purple, Lavender, Blue, Bluish-Green, Brown, Black, Colorless, Green, Orange, Yellow
  • Hardness: 8
  • Month: August
  • Zodiac: Leo, Virgo
  • Element: Fire, Earth
  • Property: Effervescence, Sensuality, Creativity


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