For centuries, this mineral could be described as the most underrated gem in history. But now, with the price of rubies on the increase, its splendour has seen the light of day in all its glory.
Spinel is found in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, as well as in the legendary Mogok mines in Burma, from which the highest-class rubies also come from. It owes its blood-red or pink colour to a trace of chromium found in the mineral. The greater the amount of this element in the crystal, the stronger the red hue.
This gem is also very durable. Unlike tanzanite or tourmaline, it is difficult to scratch, so it can be used for everyday jewellery. A variety of colours, physical properties, greater availability and favourable prices make both jewellers and customers more willing to use this exotic mineral.
A variety of colours, physical properties, greater availability and favourable prices mean that spinel has been rediscovered and is more regularly used in luxury jewelry.