The word spinel comes from spina, Latin for ‘arrow’.
Tinged with the energy of neon hues, its trademark lies in its vivid intensity.
The colour of spinel varies according to the trace elements found in it. Its most representative hue is vibrant pink. The neon fuchsia shade known as Hot Pink is found only in spinel gemstones. Spinel boasts a rich and vibrant colour variation that includes red, lavender as well as cobalt blue.
Frequently confused with ruby due to the similarity in their colouring, the spinel is not on the list of monthly birthstones and enjoys relatively less limelight in the world of gemmology. However, with its relative sturdiness on the Mohs scale, as well as its array of dazzling colours, the spinel is a good gemstone for jewellery design.
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