Spinels: A Cheaper Alternative

An Introduction

Spinel has a lower hardness than both sapphire and ruby on the Mohs’ scale of hardness. Its uniqueness derives from its presentation in many colours, sharply pointed, crystal shape and natural sparkle, similar to diamonds, due to both being in the cubic crystal system. These characteristics are to account for its name according to some etymologists and Gemologists.

A Short History

The history of spinel goes as far back as to the ancient landmines of the South East and Central Asia. In these regions they were known as “Ballas rubies” and were much coveted as spoils during ancient imperial wars. It was also a treasure among kings and emperors.

Black Prince’s Ruby

A famous example is the Black Prince’s Ruby(mistakenly called ruby), set on the English Crown and was excavated from the Mountains of Afghanistan.

Center Stone of the Imperial State Crown of England: Black Prince’s Ruby, which was in fact an amazingly Red Spinel

Timur Ruby

Another glaring example is the Timur Ruby(also mistakenly called ruby) used for inscriptions by the Persians. Spinel is also readily confused today by the layman with its synthetic type. This has led many people to be unaware about the true and beautiful nature of the original and natural version of this absurd synthetic so-called “Spinel”.

The Timur Ruby(also mistakenly called a ruby) is also a vivid red spinel.

With the recent increase in prices of gemstones like diamonds and ruby, spinels give you an affordable alternative gemstone, a new open door into the world of royalties. Like the legendary phoenix of Greek and Asian mythologies, this awesome gemstone will certainly give you an aura of beauty usually observed around Kings and Queens; the kind of beauty seen around blossoming flowers in spring as they rejuvenate from the harshness of winter cold.

Much of the public seems to be unaware of the royal return of the Spinel and this is exactly what makes it affordable for you customer at a moment like this. Do not be mistaken that, spinels are much more valuable than common pearls though much more affordable; it will display around you an air of natural beauty and valour which is so much associated with kings.

Imperial Crown of Russia

Stones from the spinel family, historically have been set into England’s State Crown and is held at the Tower of London.  They are also an adornment on the Crown of the Russian Emperor; a gemstone of about 398.72 carats making up an integral part of the Moscow Kremlin Armory State Diamond Fund collection.

The Imperial Crown of Russia donning a Red Spinel at the center.

A Gem of Beauty

Imagine you are adorned with one of the rarest and most historic gemstones like the Spinel. Which are available in a colour of your choice ranging from vivid ruby-like red, cobalt blue, bright pink and orange. Even if you are allergic to these bright colours, spinel still much presents in paler colours such as violet-blue, lavender, grey, yellow, and brown. These paler colours are much more affordable compared to the brighter ones. Hence, is another reason to purchase this cheaper and legendary alternative, selected for you from the myriads of other gemstones.

Best of all the beauty of Spinel is that it is natural when compared to other treated stones some of which are synthetic and artificial. Our natural spinel carries with it a symbol of beauty, femininity, resurrection, divinity, rejuvenation, eternity and fire, with its illuminating and soothing characteristics that wouldn’t leave you indifferent.


Spinel is a unique modern gemstone, although diamonds are influential in the modern taste for beauty. Its influence in the gemstone market arises due to its multitude of bright colours that are so gorgeous in natural light, caused by a higher refractive index property. Weight is also not an issue, with this legendary gemstone having an average hardness of 8 on the Mohs’ Scale. Spinel is an ideal gemstone for all kinds of Jewels, due to the fact it is so durable and excellently polished. Spinels are abundant in our collection, yet they are scarce around the world.

“Dog’s tears are more easily found than Spinel.”

Its scarcity, more specifically with red spinels, described by Wise

“In my own career I have seen only two True reds. They are without question the rarest and most sought after of all Spinel.”

(Wise, G.R. 2006).

This scarcity makes up for its value. It will impact you greatly, giving you a feeling of greatness. When you buy a spinel, the money you spend is definitely justified for by its beauty.

A Common Question

Those who have a flair for red colours certainly prefer spinel to ruby because of its radiance and especially because it is less expensive although classy. A commonly wondered question is: Why is the price of such great a gemstone so low? Due to the rarity to obtain spinel, as well as the popularity of true “precious stones” throughout history, has led to the decreased demand of the stone. This, therefore, triggered a fall in price allowing the general public to think Spinel is not of truly great value. This conception is fast changing, as many gemstone lovers are beginning to find a true alternative in spinel.

Go for the true alternative gemstone…Go for Spinel and add radiance to your aura.


Davenport, C 2017, Black's Prince's Ruby, Illustration, Wikipedia, viewed 19 April 2019, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Prince%27s_Ruby#/media/File:Imperial_State_Crown.png>, Creative Commons license: <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ImperialStateCrown.jpg#/media/File:ImperialStateCrown.jpg>.
Imperial Crown of Russia 2014, Photograph, Wikipedia, viewed 19 April 2019, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Crown_of_Russia#/media/File:Imperial_Crown_of_Russia_(copy_by_Smolensk_Diamonds_company,_2012)_-_photo_by_Shakko_01.JPG>, Creative Commons license: <https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5e/Imperial_Crown_of_Russia_%28copy_by_Smolensk_Diamonds_company%2C_2012%29_-_photo_by_Shakko_10.JPG>. 
Timur Ruby 2011, photograph, Royal Collection Trust of the United Kingdom, viewed 19 April 2019, <https://www.rct.uk/sites/default/files/styles/rctr-scale-1010w/public/collection-online/e/7/580598-1452516180.jpg?itok=uQutcrdl>.

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