hi marc, i had the 12.77 ct pink tourmaline set in my diamond ring this week. i picked it up yesterday; it's GORGEOUS! i thought you might like to see pictures, although the pictures don't do it justice. thanks so much! lisa l. of New Haven CT (bought 2 loose pink tourmaline gems)
The ring and earrings arrived just now, beauitful. Thanks for the great service again Michael D. of Naples FL (bought blue topaz jewelry set)
Dear Mr. Sarosi, The ring just arrived. I do not mind telling you that the photograph did not do it justice, it is wonderful. I have been searching for this ring since I saw one in a painting over forty years ago. Thank you. Michael A of Boise ID (bought black onyx ring)
Marc, Thank you so much! You may have thought it took longer than expected but we thought it was quite expedient. Thank you for continually confirming for us our decision to purchase from Africa Gems. This has been a wonderful transaction. We'll be here all day so as soon as it arrives I'll let you know. Happy Valentine's Day, Jennefer P of San Deigo CA (bought custom emerald ring & band)
Very Special Spinels at AfricaGems The quality of the Vietnamese and Tanzanian origin Spinel gemstones are very high. These spinels are known for their bright colors and brilliance.
Beautiful Collection of Loose, Faceted Discount Spinel Gems
A gorgeous array of high quality Pink, Red, Blue, and Purple Spinel Gems has just arrived here at AfricaGems. These breath-taking beauties display excellent life and clarity, as well as magnificent cuts. Sourced from Ceylon, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, and Burma; these exotic beauties are waiting to be made into the perfect piece of jewelry for your collection. Enjoy their bright colors, high quality, and affordable price tags! Check out our new collection today.
NEW Spinel Just Arrived - Amazing Selection of Top Quality Spinel in All Colors
We just received a new shipment of Pink, Purple, and Red Spinel gemstones. We offer an incredible selection of loose Spinel at discount prices. Check out the beautiful new additions to our collection.
Spinel Gemstones - Learn About Spinel Gemstones
Spinel loose gemstones are not a birthstone, and are kind of the black sheep of the gemstone world. Most people commonly associate the word Spinel with synthetic gemstones. Although Spinel gemstones. are among the most beautiful of all gemstones, they are not found in sufficient quantities to be marketable to the mass gemstone and jewelry markets. A super fine red Spinel gemstone is rarer than a fine ruby! Spinel is only slightly softer than ruby or sapphire, and like it, has no cleavage. It is also one of the most brilliant of all gemstones and amongst the most durable of all gemstones. It is found in a huge range of colors, although not as many as sapphire. The main colors are red, reddish orange, pink, pinkish red, purple and even a deep cobalt blue. Because of the spectacular colors and physical properties of Spinel gemstones, it is a favorite of custom jewelery designers.
Spinel Gemstone History and Lore
The earliest recorded use of a Spinel gemstone was in 100 BC, as an ornament on a Buddhist tomb in Afghanistan. The Romans also used it as jewelry. The first known systematic mining of Spinel was in Afghanistan about 750 AD. Many of the historic spinels were likely mined there. Many of the famous gemstones thought to be rubies in royal collections are actually spinels! The largest red Spinel of gem quality is a 412 ct stone that is part of the Russian crown jewels. The world's largest collection of fine spinels is part of the former Crown jewels of Iran. It wasn’t until 1587 that Spinel was recognized as a separate mineral species and gemstone.
Spinel Gemstone Sources and occurrences
Most spinel gemstones are mined from alluvial occurrences. The Mogok area in upper Burma is the source for some of the finest quality spinels and they occur in a variety of colors - red, pink, violet, orange, blue and rose. Some of the most brilliant and fascinating colors of spinels mined in the past few decades have been found in this gem mining area. In the past several years the locality of Mahenge in southern Tanzania has produced some incredible red and reddish orange spinels of impressive sizes and very fine qualities. Sri Lanka is also a major producer of spinels. Other sources are Tadzhikistan, Thailand and Pakistan.
Spinel Gemstone Evaluation and Valuation
Color, clarity and weight are the most important considerations in evaluating a spinels quality. Spinels are commonly found in larger sizes. Red is the most valuable color, followed by orange red, pinkish red and purplish red. A fine vivid red Spinel is rarer than a ruby of equal quality, although it doesn’t command a rubies price per carat. As Spinel is commonly flawless, clarity is a much more important consideration than in Ruby. Many fine red spinels have some minute inclusions and are still highly valued. Spinel prices have soared in recent years due to increasing awareness of the gemstone and scarcity.
See a wonderful example of a fine Burma Red Spinel gemstone ring.