Here is the story of a sleeping beauty.
After seeing the spinel, it would be a challenge to understand how this vibrant stone stayed overlooked for so long. When Gemcal began introducing the spinel to the American market at the 1996 GJX in Tucson, we encountered raised eyebrows from many.
These days, the spinel is no longer the ruby’s poor stepsister. “Looks like a ruby, but at a tenth of the price” is no longer a true statement: along with their popularity, the price of spinels has soared.
In many ways, the ruby has become the poor man’s spinel. The enormous variety of colors and shades, the uniqueness of each stone, give spinels a tremendous appeal; for designers, as well as collectors and savvy buyers, this grants the stone a sharp, highly desirable edge. A spinel is a one-of-a-kind, each with an expressly distinctive hue and character – in the age of extreme individuality, this property only adds to the magic of the spinel, and designers of every level recognize it.Read More