Gemstones - Spinel

Information on Spinels: Depending on the lights that are available, they may look different from one light source to another. This can be a plus as they can look like two different stones at times. Many of the reds or pinks will be less vibrant under fluorescent and more vivid in daylight and incandescent lights. Many may mistake spinel to be sapphire, ruby or even other stones. This has been true of even well-known, famous gemstones such as the Black Prince's Ruby - it was actually a red spinel. Though synthetic spinel is used in high school and college rings, the naturals have been under rated by the public.


We have always been bullish on spinel. Here are some reasons why It is not overpriced for what it is - for most colors and sizes they are still very affordable.
Spinel takes a wonderful polish.
It is available in numerous colors.
Spinel is harder than most commonly seen gemstones in rings as it is has a hardness of 8 on the Mohs scale, so it is just slightly softer than sapphire or ruby but harder than garnet.


Note that we have had many of these gems stashed away in our vaults for decades. These were priced at that time, so the pricing is also decades old. Prices may change in the future. Now is the time to add to your gemstone collection or create a piece of jewelry with a gemstone which should be one of the most popular gemstones with the public.


Spinel has been making the gemstone/jewelry trade news lately and is getting a second look by many...

beautiful red vietnamese spinel
Beautiful Red Oval Vietnamese Spinel weighing 1.65ct. Vietnam has been producing some incredible colors of Spinel over the past decades, but the fine material is still far and few between! This is one of the finest reds we have had in inventory over the past 36 years. (goni-17-01) $3,330
vivid salmon colored spinel
Vivid Salmon Colored 1.74ct Spinel. A unique and very pretty lively piece. (awa-17-03) $1,740
fine recut blue spinel
Originally a 5.11ct Sri Lankan Blue Spinel, the pavilion was partially recut, a few facets on the crown were tweaked and re-polishing in general was performed by an a very well-known respected award-winning cutter, yielding a 4.39ct finished gemstone. The cert below is prior to reworking; should a customer wish to resubmit it for certing, the original cert indicating that it is a natural Blue Spinel is guaranteed and accompanies the purchase. Also, we will devulge the cutter to the new owner. The color of this piece shifts under most lights so very difficult to describe the color blue. The photo does seem to show a more saturated blue. The light ring used on the lense of the camera and at a distance away from the gemstone without being overly close, allows full illumination of the gem, showing off the brilliance as well as the fine polish. A fine large Natural Blue Spinel... (nshgm-17a-01) $9,878
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certed cobalt spinel
1.46ct Certed Oval Cobalt Spinel, blue with a hint of violet. (nshgm-17-01) $2,920
Rare to find Cobalt Spinel and even more rare to have a cert. The cert is based on containing the element cobalt in this case, and not soley based on the color. We verified that the lab did an elemental check vs. basing their definition on color. We have seen small under 1/2 carat Cobalt Spinels selling for about $2,500/ct (and not certed) and one ice blue 2+ct at $5,600/ct (with cert) - though this ice blue Spinel contains cobalt, the color is not attractive and we feel the price is unjustified. We believe a cobalt Spinel should contain cobalt, be certed to verify this fact and be a pleasing blue without being overly light or dark. Our 1.46ct Certified Cobalt Spinel falls into our category of a fine example and at an extremely affordable price...
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1.32ct mahenge spinel of a neon reddish-orange-pink color
1.32ct Mahenge Spinel of a Neon Reddish-Orange-Pink color. Vivid color and just a beautiful gem. Eye clean and very well priced for Spinel of this color. (ctmc-17b-01) $3,036
large 2+ct mahenge neon padparadscha orangy pink
A large 2.26ct Oval Mahenge Spinel of a NEON Padparadscha Color - Neony Orangy Pink. A must see in person - of course, one can also see this from across the room. Color is everything in colored gemstones, and this has it! Well cut, brilliant, eye clean, large and a color that is just incredible. Really nothing else in color looks like this out there in the gem market. The photo is not capturing the true color and is showing more red and more saturation. A true must see and for anyone who wants a one-of-a-kind color or fantastic Spinel, look no further. (ctmc-17a-02) $7.910 We have seen prices for Mahenge Spinel of similar size but without this fine unique color selling at the same wholesale price per carat... (That being said, the colors of those other Spinels were still drop dead gorgeous, bright, etc. but just not exactly the same color that All That Glitters has been so fortunate to encounter, negogiate and actually purchase for inventory.)
Purplish Pink Burmese Spinel Cab with Crystal Inclusions!
pinkish burmese spinel with crystal inclusions
pinkish burmese spinel with crystal inclusions
5.55ct Purplish Pink Burmese Spinel Cab with nicely formed crystal inclusions, some with a black center and called "Belly Button" inclusions. Many other crystals of different shapes and forms present. The crystals are not all that evident unless the light is right and it also depends on ones eyes - but this would make a nice ring with a plus of having a world of natural crystals that have grown inside this very clean cab. Another important fact is that this gemstone came from Burma, which is a very collectible location! Measures approx 10.3x8.9x6.9mm (klmngo-16a-01)
$475 includes shipping/insurance within the U.S.
SOLD! (United Kingdom)
pad colored spinel; orangy pink spinel
pad colored spinel; orangy pink spinel
2.54ct Padparadscha Colored MAHENGE Spinel from Tanzania. A Great Color - Not Usually Seen in Spinel.
Believe this is the second of this color we have ever had in our 35 year history. Color will vary depending on the lights/wavelengths available. Hard to describe, but under fluorescent lights it is a medium bright orangy pink, perhaps slighly more orange; under incandescent, it tends to be more pink with a slight glow. It is neither fully pink or fully orange. We are displaying two different photos, neither of which really capture the color, however, the color is very attractive. We can see this in a setting with white diamonds and perhaps even with other colored gemstones like blue Sapphire as accents. A photo from GIA was available decades ago that showed a Padparadascha Sapphire in a ring and surrounded by both white Diamonds and blue Sapphire - it was stunning and it is still remembered to this day! (Actually, we found the photo on line and thought we would share it - our Pad Spinel is slightly more saturated in color, another plus for this fine unique Spinel!) Measures approximately 8.7x7.0x5.4mm (crtzn-16-01) $4,445

Direct from Sri Lanka, 4 very nicely cut Spinels all from the Nivitigala Mines in Ratnapura. Priced to move - for these colors, sizes, decent cutting, if we were to price them based on what we saw on the Tucson wholesale floors this year, they would be far more in price...

sri lankan color shifting spinel
Lively Color Shifting 1.49ct Spinel Round (Sri Lanka - Ratnapura-Nivitigala mines) goes from Lilac Purple to Powder Blue. Approx 6.7mmx5.8mm (shlgems-16-04) $373 SOLD! (Canada)
sri lankan blue spinel
sri lankan blue spinel
Interesting Blue 3.00ct Square Cushion Spinel from Sri Lanka (Ratnapura-Nivitigala mines). This blue is reminiscent of what one sees at times in the Sri Lanka area; the term of "Cobalt" is frequently associated with this color, whether it contains Cobalt or not. It does color shift depending on the available lights, and the color shift is between two variations of blue. One could call this a Midnight Blue or Midnight Navy Blue. Some have also called this a green blue. One variation of the color is shown on the back of a hand and that color seems to be pretty accurate; the larger photo is close, but very difficult to capture the true color seen. Approx 8.0x7.8x5.8 (shlgems-16-01) $1,800
sri lankan purple spinel
sri lankan purple spinel
A very lively 3.52ct Purple Oval Spinel from Sri Lanka (Ratnapura-Nivitigala mines). Could be confused with a Sapphire as we have seen and currently have in inventory, Sapphires with this color. There is a wonderful crystal inclusion in about the center of the gem, below the table and hidden due to the sparkle/brilliance of the gemstone. With 2x glasses, we can't see it. Under very bright lights and when tilted, one can catch a glimpse of it using glasses, and we would assume that those with very good vision might be able to see it. Doesn't affect the beauty or integrity, and is a plus for those interested in inclusions and proves natural origin. Due to the high power of our photography, you can see the crystal in the photo if one looks closely. Approx 9.2x7.8x6.5mm (shlgems-16-02) $2,112 SOLD! (Japan)
sri lankan pinkish spinel
sri lankan pinkish spinel
Large 4.28ct Cusion Shaped Sri Lankan (Ratnapura-Nivitigala mines) Spinel of a color that is difficult to describe, and it also color shifts (like many natural gemstones) depending on available lights and the wavelengths in those lights. Under fluorescent lights, the color could be described as dusty pink with purple; under incandescent, it appears more reddish with purple highlights. For nice Spinel, this is large and we find the color to be interesting and the future owner will find that they will have a gemstone that looks differently from room to room, lighting condition to lighting condition, with the body color changing, as well as the highlights that display. Approx 10.3x8.0x6.3mm (shlgems-16-03) $2,568
true red burmese spinel deep pink ice large 6+ct spinel
A B
A - 1.16ct Burmese Fine Ruby Red Spinel - photo doesn't show the true fine color red. (kjcl-15b-02) $2,320
B - Large 6.35ct Oval Spinel, impressive, of a deep pink ice color - reminiscent of Bubble Gum Pink California Tourmaline! Priced to move at $6,350. (egaj-15-50)
neon reddish pink fine vietnamese spinel
Large 2.01ct Vietnamese Neon Reddish Pink Spinel - killer color from a deposit producing incredible colors for the time being. (primgem-16-01) $4,623
silver blue purple burmese spinel
Burmese 1.56ct Square Cushion Spinel of a light silver bluish purple. A lighter color with incredible brilliance; dispersion is evident under the proper lighting. (btree-16a-01) $1,560
SOLD! (United Kingdom)
Comment from one of our customers regarding our recent purchases abroad and this particular Spinel:
"BTW - LOVED looking at all the new additions to your website. Yowza!... That silver/bluish purple spinel looks amazing in the photo"
burmese red spinel burmese red spinel
A B
A - 1.34ct Cushion Shaped Red Spinel from Burma. (kjcl-15a-04) $2,010
B - Rose-Red Spinel from Sri Lanka, pear shape weighing 3.98ct. (egaj-15-18) $4,776
purplish pink burmese spinel fine orange spinel from burma
A B
A - Purplish Pink Burmese Spinel weighing 1.47cts. (btree-15-03a) $1,470
B - 2.91ct Fine Orange Burmese Spinel Square Cushion - unique color, clean with fine cutting. A must see in person! (jdbkk-15-01) $4,365
neon orange burmese spinel
Neon Orange 1.43ct Oval Spinel from Burma. One doesn't see Orange Spinel often, and certainly not this bright - not to mention it is from a VERY desirable country! (btree-15-03b) $2,431
bright salmon orange spinel - mahenge
An unique very bright lively color and cut - 1.50ct Round Salmon Orange Spinel from Africa (Mahenge). Spinel is not commonly seen in rounds - and you can't help but see this blowing Salmon Orange from even 10 feet away! (egaj-15-65) $2,625
2.70ct round spinel of an indicolite tourmaline blue color
A rare color in Spinel, as well as a very decent size in carat weight and a round - all pluses for this gemstone. Weighs 2.70ct - we woudl call this color an Indicolite Tourmaline Blue. (egaj-15-49) $4,590
rose-red to red spinel
A beautiful Rose-Red to Red Cushion Shaped Spinel of 2.70cts. (egaj-15-04) $6,750
medium powder blue spinel
A very lively brilliant Medium Powder 2.71ct Blue Spinel in a Square Cushion Cut. Unique color whose saturation allows most of the light to return back to the viewer. (egaj-15-42) $2,507
beautiful pewter blue spinel
Great Size, Color and Shape for a Spinel - a 2.84ct Pewter Blue (with hints of lilac) Emerald Cut! (kjcl-15b-01) $4,260
medium bright pink burmese spinel
This is the second largest Spinel we purchased on our long excursion abroad in late 2015. It weights 3.25ct. A very lively gem of a Medium Bright Pink. The origin is the all important gem producing country of Burma. (pond-15-03) $4,875
spinel from burma spinel from burma
A B
A - 1.07ct Red Burmese Spinel (pengm-15-01) $899
B - 1.29ct Red Burmese Spinel (pengm-15-02) $1,290
uniquely colored neon orange mahenge spinel
A uniquely colored 0.80ct (approx 7x5mm) Neon Orange Mahenge Spinel; have never seen this color from the Mahenge area, or for that matter, from any country! (btgem-15-02) $1500
blue spinel
2.89ct Trilliant Blue Spinel - unique color, sparkles nicely and may color shift to a purple depending on the lights. Turns Red under Chelsea Filter, an indication of Cobalt. (kjcl-14a-01) $3,468
burmese spinel
A really nice 2.49ct Cushion Cut Burmese Spinel of a reddish orange or orangy red color. Color depends on the lights available and can be more intense under certain lights. Clean and nicely brilliant, fine spinel is more difficult to find each year, not to mention the price per carat continues to climb every year. Measures approximately: 8.3x6.4x5.5mm (kjcl-11-25) $3,735
Another similar Spinel was certed by GIA and the color description shown is Red. I personally think there is another modifier along with the red, but nothing was noted by GIA.
burmese spinel
Red Spinel from Burma (Mogok). Similar to Ruby in that under indirect outdoor lighting or fluorescent light, the color is saturated with sort of a reddish to smoky red color. Under incandescent light, the red is more evident as it flashes and dances. The color under incandescent is very much a ruby color.
1.41ct Oval: $282 algmst-10-02 SOLD!
1.64ct Square Cushion: algmst-10-03 SOLD!
2.64ct Square Cushion: algmst-10-06 SOLD!
spinel spinel
A B
A - 0.71ct Flame Spinel, great vivid glowing color. Some are color this bright color Jedi Spinel - see GIA article.
(scrp-08-04) $852
B - 0.92ct Oval Reddish Orange Spinel (scrp-08-05) $690
burmese spinel burmese spinel
A B
A - 1.13ct Spinel Approx 6mm Round - Bright Orange, Burma (evgem-06a-01) $339 Under Consideration (KC)
B - 1.40ct Spinel Approx 7.5x5.1mm Pear - Smoky Orange, Burma (evgem-06a-02) $490
Purchased at the Burmese Rough Auction years ago. We have never really seen this color in all of our 25+ years in this business!
burmese spinel
3.87ct Spinel
From Burma, known for their spinels and corundum, the color of this piece is reminiscent of Rhodolite Garnet! (gag-06-01) $2,700
clear spinel clear spinel
A B
A - 2.26ct Natural Roval Clear Spinel Some color is evident in the gemstone due to the background and lighting. (minco-04-01) approx 8.1x7.6x5mm $904
B - 3.46ct Natural Oval Clear Spinel (minco-04-02) approx 8.4x7.8x6.1mm $2,082
Note - With clear/white spinel, the spinel crystal cannot contain any impurities within the crystal lattice. If there are any impurities, which is usually the case in 100% of the crystals as they grow, there will be some color. In this case, we have a pure spinel with no other elements or impurties - which is quite rare. These are the only other clear spinels that we have had in inventory since we obtained one stone just over 2cts about 10 years ago! (In the oval Spinel above, the beige/salmon color seen is the reflection of the photographers fingers...)
blue spinel spinel spinel
A B C
A - 1.50ct Trilliant Spinel, quite saturated but with purplish blue highlights. (ksn-95a-03) $450
B - 1.62ct Oval Spinel (agl-92c-01) $1,296
C - 1.26ct Oval Spinel (pgml-92b-01a) $630
spinel spinel spinel spinel
A B C D
A - 1.24ct Oval Spinel purplish pink(pgml-92b-01b) $465
B - 1.30ct Oval Spinel purplish red (pgml-92b-01c) $780
C - 3.21 ct Oval Spinel (rma-92-02a) $2,568
D - 1.33ct Emerald Cut Spinel (rma-92-01) $931 (red under a chelsea filter)
spinel spinel
A B
A - 2.70ct Roundish Magenta Red Oval Spinel Difficult to find large rounds! (pgml-92b-01d) $1,890
B - 0.90ct Marquise Shaped Spinel (minco-92a-01a) $450
spinel spinel
A B
A - 1.33ct Pear Shaped Spinel (minco-92a-02a) $665
B - 0.87ct Pear Shaped Spinel (minco-92a-02c) $348
blue spinel spinel spinel
A B C
A - 2.76ct Pear Shaped Spinel A unique color... (minco-92a-01b) $1,656
B - 1.03ct Oval Spinel (minco-92a-02b) $618
C - 1.13ct Oval Spinel (minco-92a-02d) $678
Note: The above stones have some inclusions. The steel blue one has a feather deep in the stone and the two red ones have small inclusions. The reds look like rubies under incandescent lights and with the inclusions, if one can see them, it is also remininscent of rubies.
spinel blue spinel spinel
A B C
A - 1.18ct Marquise Shaped Spinel, Bright Pink, (fi-93a-03) $590
B - 0.40ct Oval Spinel, unusual beautiful blue, Turns Red under Chelsea Filter, an indication of Cobalt.
(ksn-93-07b) $600
C - 1.95ct Oval Spinel, unsual Purple Blue, color shifting, some inclusions deep, but not eye visible. Turns Red under Chelsea Filter, an indication of Cobalt.(ksn-93-06e) $2,925
spinel spinel spinel
A B C
A - 1.06ct Oval Spinel, nice blue purple color, color shifting. Turns Red under Chelsea Filter, an indication of Cobalt. (ksn-93-07a) $1,272
B - 0.90ct Oval Spinel, Tourmaline Pink or Rhodolite Color, (qcgm-90-01) $720
C - 1.82ct Oval Purple Spinel, slighlty color shifting, two small inclusions visible in the right light or with loupe - they are visible in the photo because of the angle, lighting and magnification. Note that they are not readily visible with the unaided eye (depending on eyesight) and they are really interesting under a microscope, proving the stone is natural. (ksn-93-06a) $1,820 (Refaceted in the US by one of our cutters to make an even better looking stone in polish, brilliance, etc!) Turns Red under Chelsea Filter, an indication of Cobalt but because this is not a blue, the coloring agent might actually be Iron in combination with Cobalt.

Note: Magnification and bright lighting is required to photograph gemstones.  Some inclusions may be visible under these circumstances. You are viewing photographs as if you were using a loupe - not your unaided eye.  Under normal conditions, these inclusions may not be visible.

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