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Spinel is a highly coveted gemstone due to its stunning range of colors and exceptional crystal properties, including its brilliance and hardness. These colors can vary from hot pink and red to blue, purple, and delicate pastel hues. Spinel deposits can be found in various parts of the world, including Madagascar, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Burma. Red Spinel, an ancient gemstone, was historically misidentified as Ruby until modern testing methods were developed. One of the most famous mislabeled spinels is the Black Prince Ruby, which is part of the British Crown Jewels and roughly the size of a hen’s egg. The name "Spinel" comes from the Greek word for "spark," which is a fitting name for this gemstone due to its exceptional clarity and radiance.


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