|Amazing Variety of Spinel|
The origin of the word spinel either comes from the Greek word ‘spinther’, meaning ‘sparkling’, or the Latin word ‘spina’, meaning ‘little thorn’, which refers to the sharp point on the crystals. Spinel comes in an assortment of colors. In is purest form it is colorless. But, it is most famous for its deep red variety that closely resembles Ruby; though it comes in blue, yellow, orange, pink, purple, and black. It is often fluorescent in ultra-violet light, which makes its identification easier.
|The Black Prince's Ruby|
The earliest recorded use of spinel was in 100 BC as an ornament on a Buddhist tomb in Afghanistan. Historically, spinel was valued as a protective stone by Greeks and Roman and was thought to grant strength and energy to the wearer.
Spinels of all colors are believed to bring high energy to all efforts; and to attract money, wealth, and prosperity. They are said to clarify thought, and attract the help needed in any given situation. These stones are also alleged to increase powers of self-healing, protect one from negative influences of others, and alleviate stress and depression. Spinels are also thought to have a calming effect on the wearer, protect the wearer from harm, reconcile differences, and dispel sadness.
|Black Spinel Silver Wire Earrings|
- Zodiac: Red- Cancer, Scorpio; Blue- Sagittarius
- Planet: Pluto, Mars
- Element: Fire
- Chakra: depends on color
- Energy: Projective
- Properties: Energy, strength, protection, love, prosperity