Spinel has long been under-appreciated as a fine gemstone, after spending centuries being confused with sapphire and ruby–and for good reason, as they are nearly identical in brilliance and dispersion. Spinel is slightly less hard than sapphire, but still hard enough to be a durable gem, as its also quite tough; its suitable to be used in everyday jewelry. This particular spinel is a rich hot pink color. Like most colored gemstones, the color can shift slightly, showing a richer pink under fluorescent lights and a more open hot pink in daylight. The gem has some tiny bubble inclusions and a tiny feather tucked off to one edge, but they cannot be seen without a loupe–its an eye-clean gemstone.
I faceted this spinel in my modified and optimized version of the classic diamond round brilliant cut. The resulting gemstone is gorgeous–extremely bright and lively in the hand. It weighs 2.16 carats and measures 7.60 x 5.3 mm. It would make a perfect center stone for an engagement ring!