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Spinel - A Stone of Joy and Revitalization

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A Stone of Joy and Revitalization

Often mistaken for rubies or sapphires, spinel is beautiful variety of crystal family that is available in a range of stunning colours. First discovered around the late 14th century, spinel gemstones make an exceptional centre stone for a lot of jewellery - especially antique rings.

Spinel Antique Rings

Mistaken for an imperial stone

Did you know that one of the most famous crown jewels is actually a Ruby? The centre-gemstone of Queen Elizabeth II's Imperial State Crown is a captivating cabochon cut vivid red stone. Nicknamed the 'Black Prince's Ruby', it was supposedly taken by Edward of Woodstock, nicknamed 'the Black Prince' the militaristic and wayward son of Edward III, as payment for his military aid to the ruler of Granada. It wasn’t until the mid-18th century that gemmologists realised that this beautiful red stone was not a ruby, but an entirely different stone all together: spinel.

Why spinel?

Due to its relative obscurity in the west, spinel is one for the connoisseur - a hard and durable stone, with a beautiful and distinctive colour palette. It’s perfect for rings and makes an unusual and elegant alternative to more mainstream gems. At the Antique Ring Boutique we have a wide variety of stunning spinel rings dating from the late 18th century to the mid 1900s. Explore our unique curation of elegant antique spinel rings.

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