A Bit About The Piece:
Faceted black spinel beads strung on three twisted strands with an adjustable sterling silver clasp.
The Stones: Black Spinel
- faceted beads
- 3 strands approximately 2mm thick
- 56.66 carats (including clasp and string)
The Setting: Cast and Prong Set Ring
- sterling silver, solid
- length: 16 inches to 18 inches, adjustable
Spinel is a gemstone that naturally forms in a wide variety of colors. Red is the most desirable color, followed by vivid cobalt blue, then vivid hot pink and bright, saturated orange. Violet, purple, lavender, and black stones are most common. While natural green spinel may possibly exist in special collections, it is common industry belief that all green spinel available to the market is either synthetic or tampered with (by inserting a thin disc of green glass between two pieces of colorless spinel). We find it prudent to stand by this belief unless otherwise proven by a GIA certificate. Black spinel can typically be told apart from other black stones with a super magnet due to its high iron content- it will be faintly magnetic. Red spinel is often confused with ruby, though red spinel tends to be brighter and more light-reflective.
Natural spinel ranks 8 on the Mohs hardness scale, making it a great choice in jewelry for everyday wear. Spinel jewelry can be cleaned in chemical jewelry cleaners as well as ultrasonic cleaners. As with most jewelry, it is especially safe to clean with warm water, mild soap, and a soft bristled toothbrush.