I made this lovely spinel gemstone bracelet as a birthday present to my mom. This was my first time working with spinel. In fact, I’d never heard of it before making this piece, but I loved the amazing variety of colors in the stone.
Spinel is the great impostor of gemstone history: many famous rubies in crown jewels around the world are actually spinels. The most famous is the Black Prince’s ruby, a magnificent 170-carat red spinel that now adorns the Imperial State Crown of England in the British Crown Jewels after a long history: Henry V even wore it on his battle helmet! The Timur ruby, a 361-carat red spinel now owned by Queen Elizabeth, has the names of some of the Mughal emperors who previously owned it engraved on its face: an undeniable pedigree!
I love how it came out, even if it was an amazing labor of love!