What is Thai Black Spinel?

Many consider spinel to be an impostor stone, as before our modern understanding of gems we would categorize stones based on color alone. Black spinel, from Thailand, is remarkable as a gem.

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The name spinel comes from Greek, which means "sparkling." We know the Ancient Greeks and Romans valued spinel because of its sparkling colors. It is one of the most precious gems and is very rare.

Sometimes miners find this stone in the form of large crystals. The melting point of spinel is an incredible 3875 °F, an amazingly high temperature!

Determining Black Spinel Value

Is Thai Black Spinel valuable? The value of colored stones is typically determined by a combination of its color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. It is no different when determining what Thai Black Spinel is worth. These guidelines will help you choose spinel stones for your collection.

  • Black Spinel Color

With a stark black palette resembling a starless night sky, Thai Black Spinel is distinctive for its inky color. Dark and opaque, Thai Black Spinel is an excellent choice for anyone wishing to own a black gemstone. Possessing no secondary tones, it is a pure, inky black color.

  • Black Spinel Clarity

With no visible flaws, the cutting process transforms this stone. Most often, we see this gem faceted, as it gorgeously reflects light. A uniform nature and lack of cleavage make it perfect for faceting. When polished, the stone possesses a vitreous luster, like the sparkle and shine of cut glass.

Black spinel rough often has inclusions. It does not reflect on the value of the gemstone as they disappear during the cutting process.

  • Black Spinel Cut

Black spinel rough has cracks and inclusions. Cracks in material make cutting and setting rather tricky. We offer magnificently faceted black spinel stone in several cuts and sizes.

It is available in common shapes such as oval, round, pear and cushion. It's also available in fancy cuts like baguette, trillion, octagon, kite, and marquees.

  • Black Spinel Carat

At Shop LC, we offer calibrated sizes for this stone. They are available as accent stones up to specimens around 18 carats in size.

Black Spinel Treatment

This genuine stone undergoes no known treatments. Today, where most gemstones undergo routine enhancement treatments, black spinel requires nothing more than cutting and polishing to bring out its inner beauty. If you want a natural and untreated black gemstone black spinel is the one for you!

Caring for Black Spinel

Thai Black Spinel ranks eight on Mohs scale of hardness. With good toughness, it's a durable gemstone. It means that black spinel is a smart choice for everyday wear in jewelry.

To clean spinel jewelry, use warm soapy water and scrub with a soft brush. Rinse thoroughly to remove any soapy residue. Use a soft cloth to dry the gemstone.

Ultrasonic and steam cleaning are usually safe for Thai Black Spinel. It has excellent stability under light and with chemicals. But contact with high heat might cause the color to fade.

Store your spinel jewelry by wrapping in a soft cloth. A fabric-lined jewelry box is also an ideal home for black spinel jewelry. Keep it separate from other items in your collection to avoid accidental damage.

Who Can Wear Thai Black Spinel?

Black goes with everything, so it's a perfect choice for accenting the beauty of other gems. With good hardness, enjoy Thai Black Spinel in any jewelry style of your choice. From earrings, rings to bracelets and pendants, it is perfect for everything. Black is a versatile pairing partner. It can complement every color. It works exceptionally well with orange, white, turquoise, blush, lime, and cream.

Some say spinel is the lucky stone for people born on Saturday, and it is the traditional gift for the 22nd wedding anniversary.

How Does Black Spinel Compare to Other Black Stones?

Owning an inky black color, Thai Black Spinel draws its best comparison to black diamond. It possesses a sparkling look similar to these jewels. While black tourmaline might showcase grayish banding, black spinel presents even color throughout its gems.

Where Does Thai Black Spinel Come From?

Spinel is usually found and mined in Cambodia, Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Australia. Also, traces of spinel occur across Brazil, Afghanistan, Madagascar, Nepal, and Nigeria.

Shop LC sources our quality black stones from the mines of Bo Phloi District of the Kanchanaburi Province of Thailand.

How is Thai Black Spinel Mined?

Shop LC sources our supply of black spinel from Thailand. Mining for our supply of black spinel happens within the Bo Phloi District of the Kanchanaburi Province. The region is famous for its sapphire. Did you know spinel and corundum frequently form alongside each other? Thai miners consider the presence of black spinel a lucky sign that sapphire is nearby!

Almost all spinel stones grow through metamorphic activity. It occurs when molten rock combines with limestone or dolomites. It leaves behind a deposit that shows a durable mineral within the stone. It is then mined to leave behind a rare black gemstone that has similar qualities to rubies and sapphires.

Thai Black Spinel Properties

What Does Black Spinel Mean?

Gem therapists strongly believe that spinel has a calming effect on all kinds of inflammations. Many of them treat stomach ulcers and hyperplasia by drinking spinel water. Some say torn muscles heal more quickly with spinel treatments. Supposedly, the stone speeds the recovery of all diseases associated with movement. This includes problems with muscles, joints, and bones.

Its reputation is a stone of calm, loyalty, and meditation. Some feel it helps in stressful situations by reducing anxiety. It also helps in crisis, such as changing one's job and increases the power of self-healing.

In Thailand, many miners call black spinel nin or blackjack. They consider its presence lucky, as they believe it indicates sapphire should be close.

Disclaimer: For informational purposes only. These remedies, approaches, and techniques are not a substitute for professional medical care or treatment. They should not be used to treat any ailment without prior consultation with a qualified health care professional.

Is Black Spinel a Birthstone?

Pink spinel is a modern birthstone for August, added in 2016. Thai Black Spinel makes an exceptional choice from the array of available spinel colors.

Thai Black Spinel Facts

  • Ranks 8 on the Mohs scale.
  • Color presents a pure, stark black.
  • Sourced from the Bo Phloi District, Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand.
  • A natural stone with no known treatments.
  • Sometimes known as blackjack or nin in Thailand.