Purple spinel from Mahenge, Tanzania. It has a cloudy area in it, some intense needle inclusions and also a very nice color. Overall, a very pretty gem for a bargain price.
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Spinel crystals are so perfect, in Burma they are said to be nat thwe or “polished by the spirits.”
The famous 14th century Black Prince’s Ruby in the British Imperial Crown is actually a red spinel. It has long been mistaken for ruby by emperors and monarchs. Many of the famous “rubies” of history were actually spinels.
Spinel was made the birthstone for August in 2016, and it is sometimes used to commemorate a 22nd wedding anniversary.