A story of redemption
You may not have heard of them, but it is quite possible that you have already encountered a famous spinel or two.
Spinels were history’s greatest imposters. The famous ‘Black Prince’s Ruby’ on the British Crown is in fact a large 170 carat red spinel. The exceptionally large ruby on the Imperial Russian Crown is in fact a 399 carat red spinel.
In centuries past, our ancestors found spinels in ancient mines alongside rubies and sapphires. With their equally riveting colours and presence, it was no surprise that our ancestors made a fair assumption that these gems were rubies and sapphires.
It was not until the late 1700s, our ancestors finally learnt that spinels were a different gem in their own right. Unfortunately, this unexpected revelation left an unfair and long bias against spinels until the late 1900s.
But the story of spinels is a story of modern redemption. Spinels have started making a comeback in recent years. Their mystical beauty, scintillating brilliance and prism of colours have recaptured the imagination of jewellers and artisans.
Their future awaits.