Spinel

Composed of magnesium aluminum oxide, this gemstone has beautiful glassy lustre, capable of high polish. This gem ranges in a multitude of colors, with deep reds commanding high prices. The famous example of this gem is set in the English Crown Jewels (although it's called the Black Prince's Ruby) when in fact it's a spinel. Natural spinel has often been confused and misidentified in history as many other gemstones including ruby, sapphire, zircon, amethyst and garnet.

A stone of renewal, Spinel is a wonderful energy generator that leaves us feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.  Black Spinel is also a protective stone that repels negativity and grounds the user while evoking inspiration and empowerment, without overwhelming others.

It is also thought to help one find calmness and let go of resentments to re-establish relationships and dispel sadness. It is known as a crystal that helps tremendously in standing your ground while giving courage and promotes a confident attitude towards life.

Black Spinel reduces stress as well as fears and facilitates changes or new life situations.

It is said to solve all the root causes of physical, emotional and spiritual imbalance while manifesting your innate abilities which were hidden from certain reasons. Black Spinel brings about limitless opportunities. If you want to accomplish your dreams or feel you have been treated unfairly, wearing it will clear negative energies.

If you are experiencing excessive negative emotions like anger or sadness, Black Spinel is said to help balance out your emotions like joy and fun as it can change back the dark negative state to the original positive state. Try wearing Black Spinel to alleviate your stress accumulated in daily life.

Where it comes from: Madagascar, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Thailand, Australia, Sweden, Brazil, USA, Russia, Turkey, Italy. 

Hardness: 8