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Spinel is a gem of exceptional brilliance featuring a highly varied color palette.
It takes its name from the Latin spina, meaning “thorn,” a reference to the pointed shape of raw spinel crystals. A prized material for Van Cleef & Arpels, spinel generally lends its intense radiance and crystalline essence to High Jewelry collections.
In particular, spinel shines as the centerpiece of the Imperial State Crown of England.
It can be found in a wide array of colors ranging from red to blue, as well as rarer green hues. Red spinel, long believed to be ruby, has been used to adorn celebrated regalia, as well as royal objects. In particular, it shines as the centerpiece of the Imperial State Crown of England.
To create its pieces, the Maison is partial to cherry-red, black and raspberry spinel, particularly sought after. Experts single out stones with the purest essence and the most vivid colors.
To protect this stone and preserve its unique color, Van Cleef & Arpels recommends storing spinel in a fabric-lined box. Spinel can be cleaned with warm, soapy water and a soft brush.