What is Spinel?
Spinel is often found in the same mines as Corundum (Ruby and Sapphire), so it was only in the early 20th century that the chemical differences were discovered. Subsequently, as jewellery collectors were told some of their treasured rubies and sapphires were actually spinels, the stone’s reputation suffered. Natural spinel, however, has always been a rare and beautiful gemstone.
Several gemstones previously assumed to be Rubies in the British Crown Jewels are actually Spinels, including The Black Prince’s Ruby and the Timur Ruby.
Caring for Spinel
Spinels are hard and durable gemstones. But to minimise scratching and wear, store each piece of fine jewellery separately in a soft cloth or padded container. Avoid exposure to intense heat as light coloured Spinel may fade. Spinel jewellery is best cleaned with warm, sudsy water and a tightly woven microfibre or other soft cloth.