Spinel can be found in many different colors. Originally called carbuncle, spinel took its current name until later. The origin of the word "spinel" is uncertain: it may mean “spark” (from the Greek spinther) or “point” (from the Latin spiculum), referring to the pointed shape of its crystals.
Spinel crystallizes in the cubic system, like diamond, and has a high refractive index that gives it an exceptional brightness. Its unique sparkle, which is slightly metallic, and the great purity of the material, makes this an exceptional stone.
Like its precious cousins from the corundum family (rubies, sapphires), spinel is found in a wide range of colors, from pale pink to purple, the most prized of which is a redcurrant variety. The Maison favors spinels in redcurrant and raspberry tones, or more exceptionally, violet or blue.
Oval-cut pink spinel of 21.19 carats
Moment de chance colored clip
Zip Antique necklace, transformable into a bracelet
Laetitia earrings, violet spinels, 2 pink spinels for 24.19 cts
Enchanteur necklace, pear-shaped coloured spinels for 51.45 carats
As evidenced by many antique jewelry adorned with spinel cut, it was a very popular stone in ancient times and the Middle Ages, tended to be confused with the ruby.
Maintaining your spinel:
Van Cleef & Arpels recommends cleaning in warm soapy water with a soft brush to remove lingering grease and dirt. As with most gemstones, spinels should be kept in a fabric-lined box away from other jewelry items in order to avoid scratching and preserve its unique charm.