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Introduction to Gemology with Jeffery Bergman — Spinel

Introduction to spinels

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Introduction to spinels

Hey Loungers, Spinel is the great impostor of gemstone history. Many famous rubies in crown jewels around the world are actually spinel. The most famous is the Black Prince's Ruby, a magnificent 170-carat red spinel that currently adorns the Imperial State Crown in the British Crown Jewels. Henry V even wore it on his battle helmet! The Timur Ruby, a 352-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! In Burma, where some of the most beautiful colors are mined, spinel...

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