Fine spinels are much more rare than the rubies they often imitate. Strangely, they are also much less expensive. In the gem world, too rare can be a drawback because so few people ever get a chance to see and appreciate these gem varieties. In addition to Burma, now known as Myanmar, spinel is mined in Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tajikistan and Vietnam.
Spinel is a durable gemstone that is perfect for all jewelry uses. It is most often faceted in oval, cushion and pear shapes and is mostly small calibrated sizes due to its rarity. A fine spinel of over two carats is an exquisite treasure to be enjoyed for a lifetime, and for many future generations.