The name “spinel” comes from the Latin word spina, which means thorn, in reference to the shape of spinel crystals.
They say it is considered to be one more birthstone for August.
The red spinel gem were believed to ease anger and promote harmony. This gemstone is traditionally given as a 22nd wedding anniversary gift.
Another fact is that the Black Prince’s 170 ct “Ruby” was owned by a succession of Moorish and Spanish kings before Edward, Prince of Wales (also known as the Black Prince) received the stone in 1367 as payment for winning a battle on behalf of Peter of Castile. Today, this historic red spinel is set in Great Britain’s Imperial State Crown, just above the 317.40 ct Cullinan II diamond.
Over the last decades gem quality spinels have been found in Vietnam, Tanzania, Kenya and in Madagascar.
The Luc Yen region in northern Vietnam has produced this August birthstone in deep red, purple, pink, violet and violet-blue since the 1980s, and vivid blue spinels were found there in the 2000s. Getting to the mines is an excursion. It requires a five- to six-hour drive from Hanoi and then hiking or biking for several more hours.
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