Ceylon Pink Spinel 1.19 carats 7x5x4mm
One of the more common questions we get asked is "What's a good investment stone?", the answer is simple no gemstone is a good investment, because market uncertainties make it almost impossible to predict what prices will be a year from now or 10 years from now. Unlike diamonds, the price of colored gemstones isn't controlled by one large corporation, so it makes colored stones truly a free market economy. One of the stones that always caught my eye was spinel. Like sapphire it comes in every spectrum of the rainbow. It's a hard stone as well with a hardness of 8 on the Mohs scale (tanzanite a 7, sapphire is 9, diamond a 10), with a really nice richness to it.
This spinel was mined and cut in Sri Lanka, and a rich delicious cherry pink color. This stone has a stunning cut which gives it a lovely brilliance as well.
gemstone (or gemstone that is part of this piece of
gemstone jewelry) has NOT been enhanced by
traditional heat treatment or
means. The only way
to tell if a
colored stone has been
treated is for the
stone to be
analyzed by a lab.
gemstone laboratories have the
necessary to make a
judgment with any
Untreated gemstones are rare and should be verified by a lab independent of the seller. A good rule of thumb is to always assume a gemstone has been enhanced, unless valid certification from a reputable laboratory is available. No one that sells jewelry or gems should be doing appraisals, certifications, or analysis. It should always be an independent third party with no vested interest in the sale.?>
GIA Type 2 Clarity Chart
VVS Very Very Slightly Included - Minor inclusions
VS Very Slightly Included - Noticeable to Minor
SI1 Slightly Included - Noticeable to OBVIOUS
SI2 Slightly Included 2 - Obvious to Prominent
I1 Included 1 - Prominent - moderate effect on appearance or durability
I2 Included 2 - Prominent - severe effect on appearance & durability
I3 Included 3 - Prominent - severe effect on beauty, transparency & durability
Type 2 Colored Gemstones by their nature have natural inclusions. (Inclusions are the norm) This includes gems such as Andalusite, Chrysoberyl, Alexandrite, Corundum (i.e. Sapphire and Ruby), Garnet, Peridot, Quartz, Amethyst, Citrine, Ametrine, Spinel, Tourmaline and Zircon.