The underrated gemstone gets its due
If I were spinel, I’d feel pretty darn underappreciated. Sure, I would have been accused of being an imposter, masquerading as a ruby in the past, but can you blame a gem for trying to get a little attention around here? And besides, whose fault is it, really, that all those royal gem-wearers thought they were wearing ruby, when in fact all this time it was little old me? Thankfully that time has passed, and it seems that many designers are taking a liking to the use of spinel, with its variation of colors, from red to pink to black, blue, and purple. It’s rather exciting, really, to see what new creation will give spinel its much-deserved spotlight. Here are five favorites—keep ’em coming, jewelers.
Ring in platinum with 14.27 ct. blue spinel and 1.04 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Coast Diamond
Huggie earrings in 18k yellow gold with champagne diamonds and spinel, $3,475; Jane Taylor Jewelry
Cliama collar in 24k gold-plated sterling silver with black spinel, $699; Bernd Wolf
Violet Spinel collection Spike earrings in 18k rose gold with 22 cts. t.w. purple spinel and 12 cts. t.w. rose-cut diamonds, price on request; Sutra
Cushion-cut ring in platinum and yellow gold with 7.27 ct. spinel and 1.37 cts. t.w. half-moon diamonds, $130,000; Oscar Heyman