Hardness: 8 Mohs
Enhancement Code: Natural
Pink: Medium reddish pink; eye clean; good cut; good polish
Care: Rated “excellent” for everyday wear. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.
Major Sources: Cambodia, Myanmar, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam
Pretty, feminine pink gems are becoming evermore popular. Often taken for pink sapphires, pink spinels are a more affordable alternative even though they are surprisingly rarer. Because most people associate spinel with the synthetic variety often found in mass-market jewelry, the savvy consumer can enjoy the beauty of this pretty feminine gemstone at a bargain.
Although rare, spinels are an affordable gemstone. Not widely known to consumers, black spinel is a fantastic choice for those seeking the drama of black-stone jewelry. Without the price tag of black diamonds and tougher than onyx, its naturally profound colour makes the unusual black spinel a marvelous choice for bold jewelry designs.