Spinel is confused with many stones or passed off as them. These are ruby, sapphire, zircon, amethyst, garnet, and synthetic ruby.

ABOUT SPINEL GEMSTONE

Red spinel is a beautiful stone. It is a transparent mineral. It is found in almost all colors, but bright red and blue stones are most appreciated.

Spinel began to be isolated as an independent mineral only a century and a half ago. Before that, it was ranked among rubies, mainly since ruby and spinel occur together in nature. Large transparent stones are scarce, especially stellate spinel with a four-pointed star.There is a widespread misconception among buyers that spinel is a synthetic, not a natural stone. This is probably because synthetic spinel can often be found in the jewelry market, but the real one should be looked for.

Spinel is confused with many stones or passed off as them. These are ruby, sapphire, zircon, amethyst, garnet, and synthetic ruby.

This is one of the most famous cheating stones in the history of jewelry. Very often, monarchs gave this mineral for ruby and decorated crowns with it. In the Crown of the Russian Empire, it was long believed that a substantial red ruby was fixed in the center. Still, after checking with modern methods, they found out that this is a red spinel and not a ruby. Indeed, red spinel is visually indistinguishable from ruby, and the difference can be detected only with a detailed analysis.

However, spinel cannot be only red. The rich palette of this stone allows it to be confused with sapphires, emeralds, and even diamonds.