RED SPINEL SPECIMEN
This crystal is a beautiful natural Red Spinel Specimen in matrix. Great colour and a good example of the natural crystal formation of Spinel. Some Spinel are fluorescent under Long Wave Ultraviolet light, as shown in photo.
Hunza Valley, Pakistan.
6.2cm x 2.3cm x 4.5cm, 81g.
Main Crystal: 4.5mm AF.
Magnesium Aluminum Oxide: MgAl2O4.
Spinel is a very attractive and historically important gemstone mineral. Its typical red color, although pinker and rivals the color of ruby. Many rubies of notable fame belonging to crown jewel collections, were found to be Spinels. Perhaps the greatest mistake is the Black Prince’s Ruby set in the British Imperial State Crown. Whether these mistakes were accidents or clever substitutions of precious rubies for the less valuable Spinels by risk taking jewelers, history is unclear. The miss identification is meaningless in terms of the value of these gems for even Spinel carries a considerable amount of worth and these stones are priceless based on their history, let alone their carat weight and pedigree.