Spinel Joins Sardonyx and Peridot
Exciting news to everyone with an August birthday – spinel is now one of your birthstones! It joins sardonyx and peridot on the official list of August birthstones.
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) and Jewelers of America (JA) decided in June to include it with August’s birthstones.
JA’s president and CEO, David J. Bonaparte, says, “At certain moments in history, when there is a strong call from gem enthusiasts to expand the list of official birthstones, Jewelers of America believes in recognizing the importance of historically significant gemstones and giving gemstone lovers a choice that suits their preferences.”
Choice Is a Wonderful Thing
August is now one of only three months represented by more than two gems. Although sardonyx and peridot are beautiful gems with their own unique features, maybe they just weren’t your thing! Here’s why you should love spinel.
Spinel can be found in many colors. Although vivid red is generally the most desirable color, it can also be cobalt blue, bright pink, bright orange, lavender, black, violet blue, greenish blue, grey, mauve, yellow, and brown. Having so many choices means that you can find the perfect gem to fit your style!
An Underappreciated Gem
The GIA calls spinel a good candidate for “History’s Most Underappreciated Gem.” Several of history’s most famous “rubies” were later identified as spinel. In fact, two of the crown jewels — the Black Prince’s Ruby and the Timur Ruby — are large spinel gemstones!
Spinel is a hard and durable gem, right between quartz and rubies on the Mohs hardness scale. Its octahedral structure sets it apart from other gems and gives it a beautiful depth. It is found most commonly in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Burma (Myanmar), but deposits of it have also been found in Vietnam, Tanzania, Kenya, and Madagascar.
Welcome to the family of birthstones, spinel!
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