This pair of grey blue Spinel Sapphire ear studs is just what any woman needs to transition her outfit from day to night. So perfectly neutral, yet not bland.
The beauty of grey spinels lies it its ability to appear youthful, mysterious and elegant all at the same time.
We created a pair of grey blue Spinel Sapphire ear studs that were fancy without the fussy dangle of drop earrings. This pair of grey spinels have a very slight hint of blue, depending on the angle of reflection. Yet, upon another glance, the Spinels now appear to have a hint of lilac? We colour-matched the Spinels with Sapphires in 3 different shades of blue. Look closely and your eye will see the palest blue round Sapphire, a medium-hued tiniest round blue Sapphire, with the large Marquise shape stones in a near-cornflower shade of blue.
The result is a pair of ear studs that look like a bouquet of grey blue flowers floating on her ears. Not only unique, but elegant and pretty. No traditional halo of diamonds as seen on nearly every imaginable pair of diamond ear studs.
Whichever way one prefers to appreciate the beauty of the Grey Spinel, it is obvious that the grey tones have an elegant yet captivating, quiet quality about it. No other shades of Spinel will invoke similar emotions as the grey-hued Spinel.
How is the Blue Spinel different to the Blue Sapphire?
How is the Blue Spinel different to the Blue Sapphire? Are they both natural gemstones?
Fine quality blue spinels are unlike any Blue Sapphires the regular consumer typically sees in the shops or online.
Clients often ask us: What is the difference between a Blue Spinel and Blue Sapphire?
Blue sapphires exist usually in the pure blue shade, often without any secondary tones.What varies is whether it is a light blue, medium blue, vivid blue, inky blue or deep blue. On the other hand, blue spinels come in a spectrum of blues, often with a secondary undertone or overtone of grey, green, or lilac/purple. This lends a depth of colour to the gem, quite unlike any other Blue Sapphire.
We share below a quick visual example of the difference between a Blue Spinel and a Blue Sapphire. It is quickly apparent that the colour tones of the Blue Spinel and a Blue Sapphire are quite different, yet both gorgeous in their own ways.
Commercial Quality Spinels VS Fine Quality Spinels:
Unfortunately, commercial quality blue spinels are usually lack-lustre, appearing somewhat dull and in an overly dark shade of colour. Common examples are as below.
Often times, a good portion / area of the stone appears to be nearly black or cast in shadow. As a result, you would find it difficult to see the individual facets of the stone being reflected back to the eye. It is possible to see that the stone is blue, but the actual colour is not seen evenly throughout the gem.
On the other hand, fine quality blue spinels will a nice brilliance and lustre, with good amount of sparkle throughout the stone. It will not appear overly dull or cast in dark shadow. Scroll through to see visual examples of fine quality Blue Spinel set in a beautiful 18K white gold setting.
Recently customised for a client, below features a stunning and mesmerising spinel in Midnight Blue, set in 18K White Gold and diamonds. Look at the depth of colour on this gem! Mysterious midnight blue so mesmerising one could stare at the stone for hours on end. Notice that most of the facets can be seen from the top of the stone.
As with sapphires, Spinels that are well-cut and eye-clean are not common. Beautiful Spinels are not overcast in shadow nor having areas that lack in colour.
There is something very endearing about blue Spinels. The blue is not the usual “pop” of blue, but an enigmatic blue hue that grows on you and looks more beautiful with time. As is said, in every gem connoisseur’s collection, there is always at least one Spinel sitting in that private collection.
This piece is also design to be in a seamless fit with the wedding band.
It was a delight for us to handcraft such a beautiful bespoke spinel engagement ring.
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Beautiful vintage style engagement rings never fail to evoke romantic feelings.
Our client very graciously shared her wedding day photos and nothing says love better than a couple with their megawatt smiles, vintage inspired engagement ring and a stunning lace dress.
Beautiful blue Spinels are extremely rare. Yes, equally as rare as the unheated blue sapphire. Blue spinels and most other Spinels are typically non-treated and non-heated. The unique feature about the blue spinel is that it has a very magnetic shade of blue, one that seemingly grows on you rather than simply catching your eye at the first instance. Spinels have long been mistaken for sapphires, or Corundums, because its lustre and brilliance quite resembles the Sapphires.
It’s nice to be able to create your own history and story by customising a vintage styled engagement ring because there’s just something alluring and romantic about it. They make for great photos as well!
Photo Credit: From Client, taken by Daniel Sim Photography
Photo Credit: From Client, taken by Jasper Avenue Sydney
Unique blue Spinels engagement rings are never short of stunning.
In our custom-blended 18K Natural Gold, notice that this shade of gold is unlike traditional 18K yellow gold seen typically in Asia. Paired with this shade of blue-violet spinel, this custom-blend of natural gold works well for this blue-violet spinel. Under different light sources, blue spinels sometimes display various shades of grey and violet. This unique colour shift is peculiar to the blue spinel.
This is one such piece – although the camera did not capture the grey in this spinel at all.
Blue Spinel engagement rings are not only refine and tasteful, but spinels are also a treasured gemstone that rank 8 on MOH’s hardness scale. This makes it durable for wear.
What is beautiful about the Spinel is that it is usually and often an unheated, untreated gemstone. It is naturally brilliant and fairly eye clean.
With embedded side diamonds, this style is one that is both elegant and functional that will stand the test of time. Propose with a unique blue spinel engagement rings and she won’t be able to say no. 🙂
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A Blue Spinel engagement is on trend and here to stay.
What is not to love about the Blue Spinel? It is a hardy piece of rock, and comes in beautiful shades of light blue, blue-grey, steel blue, midnight blue. Blue spinels come in shades of blue typically soothing to the eye. No, it is not that excessive pop of colour one typically sees in a tanzanite or a heated sapphire. Instead, it is a gentle, calming blue that brings joy to the eyes and if it’s by Heritage Gems, it would be a colour one would enjoy even 30 years later.
The lustre, fire and brilliance of the spinel is not inferior to the sapphire. In fact, spinels have often been mistaken for fine quality sapphires. Eye-clean, good lustre, top quality spinels are less common.
Below is stone that is not as oval as the client would have preferred. Hence, after our design discussion, we crafted a beautiful piece for the lady, who preferred a more elongated oval shape for the overall look of the ring. Notice that this is not a simple halo we have designed. The diamonds on the halo are of graduating sizes.
The Spinel has been the rage the past 2016 for significant occasions and commemorative jewellery purposes, and especially for engagement and proposal rings. And why not?
Spinels come in a range of stunning and beautiful colours. From black, colourless, pink, pink orange, bright pink, lilac, purple, violet, blue, blue-green, teal, blue-grey. That sounds like just about every imaginable colour under the sun! Well, that is definitely more colours than a rainbow!
Below, we feature a very beautiful, unique, yet entirely wearable Blue-Grey Spinel Ring, handcrafted with the finest workmanship. Guess what, it does not have any diamonds! But still sparkles like any respected sparkler should.
When you customise your piece with Heritage Gems, each and every piece is handcrafted with love and care.
Each winding of the wire around the ring is hand-wound with exact care and calculation to achieve symmetry that appeals to the human eye. Handcrafted to exact measurements. This ring is also set in 18K Natural Gold. Nope, not white gold, not yellow gold, not rose gold. It is Natural Gold.
The couple had requested for special engraving on either sides of the ring. “Love” and “Grace” mark the shanks of the ring.
Garnets have good hardness and durability and come in various colours. The gemstone & jewellery industry dedicates a special mention to the Mandarin Spessatite, which ranges from a orange to yellow-orange to deep reddish-orange or a deep orange-red colour. And within this special class of garnets called the Mandarin Spessatites, there is a special locale that produces that signature Tangerine Orange colour. These are the ones from Namibia. In a class of its own.
Namibia produces Spessartites that come in a bright, fiery orange colour. Pure tangerine orange. Not too much yellow, not too much red. Just pure orange, like Tangerines.
It is the Manganese compound that gives the gemstone that bright orange colour. It is best to view Mandarin Spessartites in daylight, as viewing them in yellow light or store light might result in the Spessartite looking more warm in tone than it actually is, making it seem more “orange-y” than it really is.
Below is a stunning, customised set of Mandarin Spessartite jewellery.
What Mandarin Spessatites are famous for is their high lustre, brilliance and best of all, they are normally unheated and untreated. While Mandarin Spessatites do come with some natural inclusions visible to the eye, it is possible to source those that are relatively eye-clean.
2016 is definitely a year for the Spinels as it makes its mark to be added to the list of birthstones. Newly minted as the August birthstone by the Jewelers of America and American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), Spinels have always and will continue to capture the hearts of many. With such a variety of colours available and most Spinels generally being rather eye-clean, having good lustre and ranking 8 on the MOHs scale, they make for fantastic jewellery. Just for reference, Sapphires rank 9 and diamonds rank 10 on the MOHs scale.
We love working with Spinels and featured below is a pink Spinel engagement ring that one can hardly say no to.
Set in beautiful champagne pink gold, this ring is definitely a charmer. Unique choice of gold colour which makes it special as a promise ring. More beautiful than a Pink Sapphire, this bespoke spinel engagement ring is truly magical in its own right. Most spinels are unheat, which makes them all the more to love!
A piece by Heritage Gems: Always classy, forever timeless.