Thai Black Spinel
With a stark black palette like a starless night sky, Thai black spinel is a distinctive gem. Known as the master of disguise, this gemstone has been treasured for its eternal brilliance and spectacular rare color.
The name spinel comes from the Latin "spina," meaning thorn and the Greek word for spark, alluding to the gem's intense color and the spikey crystals present in certain varieties.
With its strength and beauty, spinel is commonly mistaken for diamond, ruby or sapphire. However, this exceptional gem is without equal when it comes to black gemstones. The color is pure black with no secondary tones. It is a complete natural untreated gemstone. Unlike most gems, it does not require routine enhancements to keep its luster. Only simple polishing is required.
- A gem known as the Black Prince's ruby, set atop the British Imperial State Crown, is actually a 170-carat red spinel.
- During the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, King Henry V sported a helmet adorned with spinel. Henry received a massive blow that almost took his life. Members of his court believed that the spinel saved the king's life, allowing him to carry on and lead his troops to victory.
- The Timur Ruby, inscribed with the names of the emperors who once possessed the gem, was once believed to be the largest ruby in the world. The splendid 352-carat gem is actually a red spinel, now owned by Queen Elizabeth II.
- Practitioners of the "dark arts" were thought to use spinel to call on evil spirits and as a talisman to shield them from fire.
- Some cultures carried spinel amulets for safety.
- Spinel is thought to foster relationships and aid in settling issues. It is associated with passion and is believed by some to extend one's life.
- Spinel is linked to affection, dealing with pride and caring for others.
Black spinel deposits have been located in Africa, Myanmar (Burma), Australia and Sri Lanka. Our black spinel is sourced from the Bo Phloi district in the Kanchanaburi province in Thailand. Unfortunately, the global market is currently facing a dwindling supply of spinel, making this a stone precious due to limited availability.
- Ranks 8 on Mohs hardness scale.
- Color presents a stark opaque black.
- Sourced from Thailand.
- Member of the spinel family.
- 100 percent natural stone; no additional treatments.