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The beauty of spinel has caused it to be mistaken for ruby and sapphire in the past. However, spinel deserves to be recognized as a gemstone that is worthy of appreciation in its own right. Spinel occurs in a range of colours, such as rose pink to rich red; lavender to deep violet; light to deep blue, orange, yellow, brown and black.

Good quality spinel gemstones should have no visible inclusions. Inclusions typically decrease the value of spinel gemstones. However, desirable inclusions can result in asterism or star effect.

Spinel is incredibly versatile due to its variety of colours and sizes. It is ideal for almost any type of jewellery, such as rings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, hair pins and other beautiful ornaments. Those planning to use spinel gemstones in jewellery should first consider their preferred colour. The choice of spinel colours is great, with yellow, orange, blue, red, purple, brown, black and pink possibilities. Spinel gemstones look equally impressive when set in white or yellow precious metals.