New Birthstone for August: Spinel, a favorite gemstone for so many reasons. Multiple color choices, brilliant reflection and durability are just a few of the reasons we love to design with spinel. Spinel is found in shades of vivid red, orange, pink, blue and lavender. It’s durable enough to use in all types of jewelry pieces including rings. It is usually cut into ovals, cushions or round.
Red spinel generally has better clarity than ruby and treatments are not used to enhance their color; being singly refractive (the only other stones that are, are diamond and garnet) they have a higher dispersion which can display a fire that can’t be compared but they are not as hard as ruby, being an 8 on the MOHS scale of hardness versus ruby’s 9.
The Hope Spinel, the 50.13 ct. octagonal-cut stone that was once part of Henry Philip Hope’s renowned gem collection, sold for an incredible $1.5 million at the Bonhams London Sept. 24 auction, breaking the record for price-per-carat for a spinel.
Spinel is thought to protect the owner from harm, to reconcile differences, and to soothe away sadness. However, the strongest reason for buying spinel are their rich array of colors and their surprising affordability.
Here is a new design by Carrie Awan where spinel would be an excellent choice!
The traditional August birthstone is peridot.
The Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.” Today this gem is still prized for its restful, yellowish green hues and long history. Some peridots are found in meteorites: some rare extraterrestrial crystals are even big enough to facet as cut gemstones! Most are found in United States, China, and Vietnam and, very rarely, as large crystals lining veins or pockets in certain types of solidified molten rock. Sources for the latter include Finland, Pakistan, Myanmar, and the island of Zabargad.