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Spinel, The August Birthstone.

Updated: Sep 1, 2023

Spinel is a beautiful and rare gemstone that has been prized for centuries. It is often mistaken for ruby or sapphire, but spinel is a unique gemstone with its own distinct properties. Spinel is the birthstone for August along with Peridot.


One of the most famous spinels in the world is the Black Prince's Ruby, which is set in the Imperial State Crown of the United Kingdom. This large red spinel was originally thought to be a ruby, and it was given to King Edward III by the King of Spain in 1367.


Imperial State Crown
The Imperial State Crown features a 117ct Red Spinel mounted above the famed Cullinan Diamond

Spinel comes in a variety of colors, including red, pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and black. The value of spinel varies depending on the color, clarity, and size of the stone. Red spinels are the most valuable, followed by pink, orange, and yellow spinels. Green, blue, purple, and black spinels are less valuable, but they can still be beautiful and affordable gemstones. However cobalt blue spinel are currently reaching incredible prices due to their highly unique and super bright blue colouring. They are so rare in good clarity are larger sizes that they sometimes fetch more than high quality diamonds of the same size.


Cobalt Blue Spinel
The highly prized, Cobalt Blue Spinel.


Spinel is found in a variety of locations around the world, including Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Burma, Afghanistan, and Madagascar. The largest spinel mines in the world are located in Sri Lanka and Tanzania.


Spinel is an undervalued gemstone, but it is quickly gaining popularity. This is due to its beauty, rarity, and affordable price. If you are looking for a unique and special gemstone, spinel is a great option.


Here are some additional facts about spinel:

  • Spinel is a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness, making it a durable gemstone that can withstand everyday wear.

  • Spinel is a transparent gemstone, meaning that it allows light to pass through it.

  • Spinel is a gemstone that sparkles and shines, making it a popular choice for jewelry.

  • Spinel is a gemstone that can be enhanced with heat treatment to improve its color and clarity.

  • Spinel is a gemstone that is often used in bespoke jewelry, meaning that it can be custom-designed to your specifications.

  • Spinel is the August Birthstone.

Here are some of the reasons why spinel is undervalued:

  • Spinel is often mistaken for ruby or sapphire, which are more well-known gemstones.

  • Spinel is not as widely available as ruby or sapphire.

  • Spinel is not as heavily marketed as ruby or sapphire.

However, spinel is a truly special gemstone that deserves to be appreciated for its beauty, rarity, and affordability. If you are looking for a unique and special gemstone, spinel is a great option.


Here are some tips for finding a quality spinel:

  • Look for a spinel that is free of visible flaws.

  • Buy a spinel from a reputable dealer.

  • Get the spinel appraised by a gemologist.

With a little care and attention, you can find a beautiful and affordable spinel that will be a cherished addition to your jewelry collection and if your an August baby, Spinel might just be the ideal gemstone for you.


Spinel is a gemstone that has been prized for its esoteric value for centuries. It is said to promote love, passion, and creativity. It is also said to be a powerful protector against negative energy.

In some cultures, spinel is also said to be a stone of transformation. It is said to help people to let go of old patterns and beliefs and to embrace new beginnings.

If you are looking for a gemstone that can help you to connect with your inner power and to manifest your dreams, spinel is a great choice. It is a gemstone that can help you to live a more passionate, creative, and fulfilling life.

Here are some specific esoteric properties of spinel:

  • Red spinel: Red spinel is said to promote love, passion, and courage. It is also said to be a powerful protector against negative energy.

  • Pink spinel: Pink spinel is said to promote compassion, forgiveness, and self-love. It is also said to be a stone of healing and emotional balance.

  • Orange spinel: Orange spinel is said to promote creativity, joy, and abundance. It is also said to be a stone of transformation and new beginnings.

  • Yellow spinel: Yellow spinel is said to promote intellect, communication, and clarity. It is also said to be a stone of protection and grounding.

  • Green spinel: Green spinel is said to promote growth, renewal, and prosperity. It is also said to be a stone of healing and relaxation.

  • Blue spinel: Blue spinel is said to promote intuition, wisdom, and peace. It is also said to be a stone of communication and connection.

  • Purple spinel: Purple spinel is said to promote spirituality, enlightenment, and transformation. It is also said to be a stone of protection and healing.

  • Black spinel: Black spinel is said to promote grounding, protection, and strength. It is also said to be a stone of banishing negative energy.

By taking the time to understand your needs and preferences, I can help you find the perfect spinel for you. I can also help you ensure that the stone is natural, certified, and good quality.


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