The Simple Elegance of Black Spinel

Black spinel is one of many types of spinel, but it has its own unique beauty and elegance. I have been able to get my hands on two beautifully cut gemstones and am debating on keeping one for myself. 

These gems (in my tweet below) are cut and faceted with the rose cut and are very reflective. In the header image above, my camera picked up little dust specks that I was unable to see with the naked eye. 

The gem has an almost mirror-like property when looking at it as you can see in the photo of the gem that I wrapped below.  I took this photo just as the sun was coming up and the gem caught the light beautifully. 

Black Spinel Properties

Black spinel is made up of a mix of magnesium oxide and magnesium-aluminum oxide. Gemstonist calls it one of the most rarest and mysterious gemstones on the planet. In fact, no one seems to know where its name came from. There are speculations as to the Latin word for little thorn (Spinella) or the Greek word (spinos) which means sparkle or spark.

Black spinel is an 8 on the MOHS scale and doesn’t have inclusions (think quartz with tourmaline, iron, or even enhydros). Some of the popular gemstones that Black spinel can be confused with are hematite, black diamonds, and black onyx. It’s also been found on meteorites.

Black Spinel Metaphysical Properties

Black spinel, as with all black crystals, is a stone of protection that blocks negativity. It’s also known for helping people achieve their goals, inspiring confidence and perseverance.

Its also known as a stone of renewal that helps you to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. It brings out the positive aspects of our personalities and reminds us to be humble as we are successful.