Spinel is often referred to as "History's Most Under‐Appreciated Gem." Ancient mines that supplied gems to the royal courts from Rome to China produced spinel, but they were often confused with better known stones like rubies or sapphires. Spinel is associated with love and supposedly helps the wearer to put his or her ego aside in devotion to another. Spinel is also thought to encourage passion and increase the duration of life.


Spinel color range can include violet, blue, orange, pink, red, purple and even black. Red spinel can rival the finest rubies, while some spinel exhibit color‐change abilities.

Gem Family

Spinel is a gemstone family unto itself.


Spinel ranks 8.0 on the Mohs scale, making it durable enough for everyday wear.


Natural spinel are generally not treated or enhanced.


Spinel should be stored separately to keep from scratching or being scratched by other gemstones. Store them in a lined box or a soft pouch. Avoid steam and ultrasonic cleaners. Clean your spinel jewelry using warm soapy water and dry with a soft, lint‐free cloth.