This year, Jewelers of America and the American Gem Trade Association announced that spinel has been added to the official list of birthstones. Spinel joins peridot as another birthstone option for the month of August. It is only the third time in 104 years that these jewelry trade organizations have added a stone to the birthstone list, “by popular demand.”
Color and Durability
Spinel can range in color from shades of pink and lavender to red and red-orange, to purple, blue and even black. Some spinel stones are extremely rare, depending on their color, but they are found on every continent on Earth.
Spinel makes a good choice for jewelry, not only because of its dazzling array of colors, but also because of its durability. Spinel scores an 8 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness.
Clean with Fresh Solution
The best way to clean a spinel is to use Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced Jewelry Cleaner, the one that makes fresh cleaning solution every time you clean.
- Make the fresh cleaning solution by filling the cleansing container with warm water and drop 10 Dazzle Drops in the liquid.
- Place the jewelry in the cleansing container using the dipping scoop and brush with the specialized cleansing brush.
- Make sure to get between the prongs and underneath the stone.
- Use the dipping scoop to rinse your jewelry.
- Dry with a lint-free cloth.
Additional options for cleaning spinel jewelry include Connoisseurs Sonic Dazzle Stik and Connoisseurs Precious Jewelry Cleaner. If the stone is set in silver it can be cleaned with Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Silver Crème.