Spinel is relatively unheard of to the common consumer and has not been marketed
by any major gem companies. Black Spinel is only found in a few locations in the
world, and because of its rarity, if the demand were to rise, supply would not be
abundant enough to keep up with it.
Black Spinel is mined mainly in Thailand (Boi Ploi, Kanchanaburi), where it is known
There are also known deposits in Africa, Myanmar (Burma), and Sri Lanka.
Black Spinels are rated at 8 on Moh's Scale of Hardness and are a durable stone
that lacks cleavage, making it suitable for all jewelry purposes. Black Spinel looks
elegant when set with a quality piece of gold or silver jewelry because of the striking
contrast. Black Spinel is the opaque jet-black variety of the Spinel family and
it lacks the metallic luster of other popular black gemstones. Spinels are a favorite
amongst gem connoisseurs and gem collectors alike, and makes a beautiful, durable
stone for all jewelry purposes.
Common Cuts :
Spinel is a durable stone that lacks cleavage and for this reason it is suitable
for all jewelry purposes. It is most often found in oval, round, and cushion cuts,
and due to its rarity Black Spinel cannot currently be found in calibrated sizes.
Routine Enhancements :
here are no known enhancements for Black Spinel.
Care & Cleaning :
Spinel is a very durable stone that lacks cleavage making it difficult to chip and
scratch. Steam and ultrasonic cleaners are generally safe but they should be used
with caution. Avoid household chemicals and
prolonged exposure to excessive heat that can alter the color or damage the stone. Spinel can also be cleaned in warm
soapy water with a soft brush. Always store your Spinel jewelry
in a fabric-lined box away from other jewelry items in order to avoid scratching.