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The Colorful Allure Of Spinel, August’s Other Birthstone


Spinel may just be one of the most magical of all gemstones. In its array of colors, some of them almost impossible to describe, it offers beauty not necessarily found in other gem varieties.

Syna Mogul flower spinel earrings
Mogul flower bud earrings in 18k yellow gold with 14 cts. t.w. black spinel and 0.15 ct. t.w. champagne diamonds, $3,650; Syna Jewels
Rush Jewelry Design Totem spinel pendant
Totem pendant in 22k yellow gold and bronze with spinel, $3,980; Rush Jewelry Design
Anne Baker spinel ring
Heart ring in 20k pink gold with pink spinel, $5,200; Anne Baker
Sorellina spinel earrings'
Nomad Hex stud earrings in 18k yellow gold with 2.6 cts. t.w. spinel and 0.66 ct. t.w. sapphires, $3,500; Sorellina

Good thing, too: With peridot’s particular shade of green not being everyone’s bag, spinel offers those born in August a chance at a birthstone to really fall in love with (multiple chances, given its range).

Suzanne Kalan spinel bar necklace
Baguette bar necklace in 14k rose gold with black spinel, $660; Suzanne Kalan


Harwell Godfrey spinel earrings
Amina chandelier earrings in 18k yellow gold with spinel, mother-of-pearl, and diamonds, $12,000; Harwell Godfrey
Nouvel Heritage red spinel studs
Earrings in 18k rose gold with red spinel and diamonds, $1,800; Nouvel Heritage
EPW spinel ebony cuff
Cuff IV in 18k yellow gold with ethically sourced ebony and spinel, $39,000; Emily P. Wheeler
Nicole Mera spinel ring
Ring in 18k yellow gold with 8.66 ct. grayish-purple spinel and diamonds, $16,400; Nicole Mera

We may first and foremost associate spinel with red; it was often confused with, and then thought inferior to, ruby (though I strongly disagree on that front). But the gem’s rainbow of shades—including a deliciously dramatic, inky black—are becoming more mainstream. Spinel is still not as well-known outside of the industry, but awareness of it does seem to be growing. The selection pictured here demonstrates many jewelers’ propensity for using the stone, and, my goodness, do they use it well.

Amali spinel earrings
Hand-fabricated earrings in 18k yellow gold with 29 cts. t.w. spinel and 8.86 cts. t.w. aquamarine, $6,340; Amáli Jewelry
Alison Nagasue spinel necklace
Necklace in 14k yellow gold and blackened sterling silver with 0.85 ct. Burmese lavender spinel and 0.1 ct. diamond, $2,200; Alison Nagasue
Michelle Oh spinel ring
Ring in 14k yellow gold with spinel and diamonds, price on request; Michelle Oh
Bondeye black spinel earrings
Earrings in 14k oxidized white gold with black spinel and black diamonds, $2,355; Bondeye Jewelry

Ordinarily, I’m heavy with words—and there is a lot that can be said about this special stone. But why ruin the moment with my brand of verbosity when one only needs to stare openmouthed at this colorful array of the loveliest jewels? Happy birthday to those in August, indeed.

Top: Ring in 22k yellow gold and oxidized silver with purple spinel, purple sapphires, and diamonds, $11,990; Arman Sarkisyan

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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