Black Spinel

Characteristics

Gemstone family: Minerals

Colours: Black

Composition: Magnesioferrite

Mohs hardness: 7.5 - 8

Ground locations: Myanmar, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania

 

History

Spinel is known as the great impostor of gemstone history, as it has been mistaken for centuries for a Ruby, due to its equally sparkling brilliance and impressive hardness, though less great rarity. The most significant historical misinterpretation was the Black Prince’s Ruby adorning the British Crown Jewels, discovered to be a Spinel only two centuries ago after five hundred years of illusion.

 

Virtues

The Black Spinel is alleged to clarify ideas and foster inspiration, therefore allow its wearers find the help necessary to solve any predicament or issue.