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August Birthstone: Spinel Sparkle

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Leos and Virgos born in August sure are lucky, they can choose a Spinel birthstone of any color!

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Pictured above: Yangon Peacock in yellow gold

The name “Spinel” comes from the Greek word for “spark”, referring to the gem’s distinctive sparkly shine.

Just like sapphires, spinels can be found in red, green, blue, pink, purple, orange, brown, colorless and black.

This diverse and brilliant gemstone is very sturdy (7,5 to 8 on Moh's scale), which means it has excellent durability and can be passed on for generations.

Royal Confusion

This Asian beauty used to confuse the royals for many a century.

In ancient times, exceptional large spinel crystals were found in Southeast Asia, and thus became the treasured properties of kings and emperors.

Since then, red spinel has constantly been mistaken for ruby.

In fact, several of the famous “rubies” of royal history have been spinels.

One of the most famous examples is the so-called “Black Prince’s Ruby.
This historic gemstone is in fact a giant spinel, weighing 170 carats. It’s set in England’s Imperial State Crown and displayed in the Tower of London.

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Pictured above: Our gorgeous Elephant Spinel rings. Check out similar rings here.

Invoking Spinel Strength

In addition to being adored by royals, the August Birthstone is known to inspire growth in its bearer, and will help you overcome obstacles.

Wearing a spinel of any color will also increase your confidence and boost your inner strength. Spinel is, furthermore, believed to protect you from harm and soothe away sadness.

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Pictured above: Yangon Peacock in white gold

From time to time we have spinels in our collection, but if you can't find the right one you can always contact us for a custom design. 

Check out our Gem Encyclopedia to learn more about each gemstone.

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