Spinels, the August birthstone, have been around since the beginning of time. In its blue, pink and red shades, have often been confused for Sapphires and Rubies. In no way inferior to Sapphire or Rubies, Spinels often come in such a great variety of shades and colours, there is literally more hues and shades of the Spinels than there are the 7 colours of the rainbow!
The beauty and rarity of natural, unheated, untreated, coloured gemstones is that one can almost never just simply “order it”. Finding the preferred shade of colour often times requires patience and luck. And if one is lucky, one might just be able to also be in ownership of a gem piece that is both well-faceted and nearly loupe clean.
Most commercial quality Spinels look overly dark, with poor brilliance. These commercial quality Spinels look much less lively than preferred, with an almost “sleepy” look. What is commonly seen in the mainstream market / jewellery stores are similar to the 2 pieces below, or at best, a little more brilliant or a little more lively looking than the 2 pieces immediately below.
However, fine quality Spinels are almost never found in the mainstream market as supply is so limited, most jewellery stores don’t stock fine quality Spinels. And by “fine quality Spinels”, we mean pieces that look “alive” and almost “dancing”. Pieces which are well-cut, well-faceted, good clarity and eye-clean. To be in possession of nice, lively, brilliant and eye-clean Spinel is really dependent on luck.