Spinel Gemstone Properties

Design Possibilities

Lustrous orange-red spinel bead chips are like tiny tongues of fire. Until only 150 years ago, spinel was thought to be a ruby. Now classified as an individual mineral, spinel can look so much like rubies that many well-known gemstones assumed to be rubies are actually spinels. There are two, in fact, in the English crown jewels. Synthetic spinels have been widely used since the 1920s, but experts can recognize them because they do not have double refraction. Although spinel appears in a variety of colors, brilliant red is the most popular. Drop chips of fiery-red spinel into a pair of earrings with black tube beads and round silver beads on either side of them, and you'll spark all kinds of attention.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

Diamonds are the gemstone most people associate first with love. But perhaps red spinel should be. It helps us set our egos aside and become devoted to another person. Like all fiery red stones, it encourages great passion. And it is have been traditionally used to provide longevity. Devotion, passion, longevity-three ingredients of a happy marriage. Or a happy single life for that matter.

Mineral Information Magnesium aluminum oxide
Chemical Composition Mg(Al2O4)
Color Orange-red
Hardness 8
Specific Gravity 3.58-3.61
Refractive Index 1.712-1.736

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**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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