Red spinel has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its resemblance to the Ruby, although it holds its own beauty. Like for like Spinel has been known to be purcahsed for around a tenth of the price of a Ruby, making it a popular choice for a stunning gemstone. The most desired red spinel showcases pure red to slightly purplish red hues with medium to medium-dark tones. In the past spinel has been mistaken for Ruby as they tended to be mined alongside one another. One of the most famous spinel would be the 'black princes ruby', this red gemstone which was originally thought to be a ruby is set into the british imperial state crown and held in the tower of London.
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