One-of-a-Kind #187 ||
Spinel is one of my favourite stones right now. This very sparkly gem comes in many colours; my favourite is this colour red. I am particularly fond of the combination of spinel and 18k yellow gold. It has something so regal about it! This cushion-cut spinel has an inclusion. It is not oil-filled, as more commercially available stones might be.
Spinel is a fairly new addition to the birthstone categories – it signifies August. A fun fact from my gem merchant Pierres de Charme states the following:
“Historically, spinel was often mistaken for ruby. Both gems are often found in the same deposits, they look alike, and they have similar chemical compositions; it was not until the 18th Century that spinel was correctly identified as a separate mineral. As a result of this confusion, many famous “rubies” are in fact spinel. ”
Not your size? I can make you a similar ring in your size, although such spinels are hard to find. Custom Rings