Pink Spinel

Pink Spinel – A Guide to Pink Spinel and why it might just be the gem you’re looking for

Rubies, sapphires, diamonds; who needs them? Actually, many people do. They’re very popular gems for a reason. However, what if you’re not like many people, and you’re looking for something new? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with jewellery that contains the not as popular, but very underrated pink spinel. 

Spinels are gemstones that contain similar traits to other gemstones. For example, they typically form as a cubic crystal similar to diamonds, they share a chemical makeup similar to sapphires (as sapphires have a chemical composition of aluminum oxide while spinels have a chemical composition of magnesium aluminium oxide), and they also share a range of colours similar of that to rubies, including various red and pink hues.

Can I get a pink spinel engagement ring?

You absolutely can! Holdsworth Bros. stocks pink spinel rings that you can rest assured will make for a beautiful engagement. While many go for the decadence of a diamond, sapphire or ruby, you can present your special someone with an engagement ring that’s not only just as aesthetically pleasing, but also a lot more unique.

Their high durability means they are extremely scratch resistant and most jewellers can resurface them easily. There is also a wide variety of shades and hues with pink spinel engagement rings, so there is an available ring no matter what shade of pink you’re looking for.

Pink Spinel Ring

Pink Spinel Ring

How much does a pink spinel ring cost?

At Holdsworth Bros. our price range for pre-made pink spinel rings is approximately $5,000-7,995 AUD, as we combine pink spinels with a cluster of diamonds in order to accentuate them. There are many different factors that influence the cost of a pink spinel ring, such as:

  • The shape of the gemstone (i.e. round, cut, etc.)
  • The colour and shade of the gemstone
  • Any accompanying gemstones
  • The alloy of the band
  • Any colour zoning

We also make custom rings as well. So, if you’re looking for a pink spinel ring with a specific budget in mind, we can work with you to accommodate that budget and get you the ring that you desire.

Where can you find pink spinels?

Many countries export high quality spinels, including:

  • Myanmar
  • Sri Lanka
  • Russia
  • Tanzania
  • Australia
  • Madagascar
  • Mexico
  • Namibia

The key is to find a good supplier. At Holdsworth Bros. Jewellers, we pride ourselves on stock ethically sourced, high quality gemstones with a superior cut and a meticulous upkeep. You can rest assured that you’ll have the perfect pink spinel.

Pink Spinel Design

Pink Spinel Design

How can I tell if my pink spinel is real?

The easiest way to determine whether or not your pink spinel is real is to purchase it from a reputable source, such as Holdsworth Bros. Jewellers.

However, if you’re still unsure, there are various methods that can be used to determine whether or not a spinel is real:

  • Examination of the gem with a hand lens might reveal some natural looking inclusions that are never present in lab made gems.
  • Checking for air bubbles inside of the spinel, as fake spinels tend to be made from glass in which air packets are able to form.
  • Its too good to be true. Strong colours in large sizes with cheap prices tend to be a dead give away. 

What to look for in a pink spinel engagement ring

The large variety of shapes and shades with pink spinels mean that there is something for everyone. However, it’s better to find a ring that your significant other will cherish because it matches their sensibilities than a ring that commands a bigger price tag. With that in mind, it’s advisable to look for rings that showcase their gemstone adequately while also being comfortable to wear and not requiring constant maintenance. 

How can you tell what a good quality pink spinel is?

The best quality pink spinel has the following traits:

  • Colour that is as close to a neutral pink as possible (i.e. not too bright, not too dark). Also, spinels that feature colour zoning (i.e. the colour fades into transparency instead of filling the entire gemstone) are of a lesser quality.
  • Minimal visible inclusions. The less inclusions that are visible to the naked eye, the higher the quality of the gemstone. However, no inclusions at all could be a sign that the gem is fake, so be careful.
  • Symmetrical cut spinels command a higher asking price than asymmetrical gemstones.
Pink Spinel in Yellow Gold

Pink Spinel in Yellow Gold

How to care for a pink spinel engagement ring

Spinels are easy to care for, only requiring cleaning every six months or so. You will need warm water and any type of cleaning detergent that has degreasing properties (unless the ring has a silver alloy, as silver can react poorly to detergents). 

All you have to do is scrub the ring with a soft toothbrush and then rinse it thoroughly. However, avoid using any chemicals that contain moisturisers, abrasives or anti-static agents, as these can leave residue and, at worst, damage the metal band.

Are pink spinel rings fragile?

Spinels rank an 8 out of 10 on Mohs scale of hardness, a scale developed by German geologist and mineralogist Friedrich Mohs in 1812. While they’re not as tough as sapphires or diamonds, spinels are durable against abrasions, they are very chemical resistant as well. 

Can you wear a pink spinel everyday?

Because spinels are somewhat durable, they present a very practical solution for engagement rings as they can be worn daily with a very low susceptibility to chips or scratches. While there are circumstances where it is advisable not to wear your ring (i.e. when showering), a pink spinel ring will survive the majority of everyday situations.

How do I style a pink spinel ring?

At Holdsworth Bros. Jewellers, we’ll help you style your pink spinel ring however you want. Our promise is to provide you with the help you need to turn your vision into wearable jewellery that will be cherished for years to come.  

Can I use diamonds and sapphires in the same design?

Despite the higher price tag it creates, many choose to combine pink spinels with diamonds. Usually, the ideal design is to prominently feature a pink spinel and then surround it with a cluster of smaller diamonds. 

Why are pink spinels and diamonds a good match?

Because diamonds usually feature a neutral colour-palette, they create a contrast that accentuates the pink spinel. Additionally, the diamonds fill in the otherwise plain space on an engagement ring band, giving the ring a fuller, more detailed look.

Still have questions? Contact us so we can help you find the perfect pink spinel jewellery for that special someone.

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