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Spinel

 

Spinels are one the most deprived stones. At ancient times, they had been confused with ruby, because they exist together in the nature. As a separate mineral, the spinel was separated about 150 years ago.

The Spinel crystal are octahedra or conglutinate, hardness 8-8.2, glass shine.

The Spinel is faceted brilliantly, gradually or combined, depending on the purpose of the stone.

In the jewelery is used mostly dark colored red variety of spinel, other color varieties are almost not used.
In nature, the spinel gemstones are found like small crystals up to 10-12 carats, but there are larger specimens as well.