Spinel has long been underappreciated 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 it’s also quite tough; it’s suitable to be used in everyday jewelry. This Burmese spinel is a gorgeous magenta pink. The spinel has excellent clarity, making it bright and scintillating in the hand. There may be tiny inclusions that are visible with a 10x loupe that can’t be seen with the naked eye.
The spinel is faceted in a modified version of the classic diamond round brilliant design and cut to “hearts and arrows” precision; the result is a glittering beauty of a gemstone. It weighs 2.26 carats and measures 7.9 x 5.3 mm. It would make a unique and beautiful center stone for an engagement ring!