Jewels from the Woods

spinel

Spinel
Spinel – Tunduru & Morogoro, Tanzania
A completely natural, rare and durable gem, (spinel is 8 in hardness, just under sapphire on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness), that comes in a wide range of dynamic colors from cool blues and purples to vibrant pinks and reds. This new parcel of spinel, (acquired last year) is from the Morogoro mining region in Tanzania and runs the full gamut of colors and shades. Production of spinel rough is always very limited, and due to the rising popularity of this gem, top color material like this is always hard to obtain. Spinel is a very durable gem, suitable for everyday wear in rings, and makes a wonderful and very personal alternative to diamond for engagement ring center stones.