With deep rich hues, and copper-green streaking on the encompassing azure-blue color makes Azurite or Blue Spinel an exotic stone worth showing off.
- What Causes the Color in Blue Spinel?
- Dark Blue Spinel Color
- Blue Spinel Value
- Blue Spinel Reaction Under Chelsea Filter
- Blue Spinel VS Sapphire
- Origin & Supply
- Features & Specifications
Many consider Azurite the most pious stone in history. Blue spinel is known for more than just its healing powers, as its hues make it stand out amongst collectors and professionals alike. There are gorgeous colors playing and transitioning on the surface of the stone make the stone almost look alive. A hypnotic blue background with streaking copper-green colors makes this gemstone a true showstopper.
What makes Blue Spinel a special gemstone is that it is one of few that occur naturally. Spinel Gems are becoming increasingly popular, however, it is the blue stones that are attracting the attention of experts. Unlike other blue gemstones, such as Sapphire, Tanzanite Stone, and Aquamarine, there is no known treatment for a spinel. Therefore, every spinel is 100% natural and without any manmade modifications beyond the cutting process.
For many years, spinel has gone unnoticed as a gemstone with excellent durability and intense color. In more recent years, famous red and vivid pink spinel from Mahenge, Tanzania, and Burma had got all the attention. However, now, more and more people are noticing the more pastel colors, including blue spinel.
1WHAT CAUSES THE COLOR IN BLUE SPINEL?
Blue spinel gets it color from the impurity of cobalt in the crystal’s composition. These gemstones are commonly known as Cobalt Blue Spinel. In many sources, such as Sri Lanka, the spinel will have a high iron content, which often makes the gemstone darker. This results in a blue greyish to violet-blue color, rather than the pure blue it is known for.
2Dark Blue Spinel Color
When the blue spinel has a high iron content, it will have a darker color and is best viewed in daylight, especially when the sun is positioned over your shoulder, casting a shadow over the stone. Viewing the gemstone this way will enhance the bright sparkles of blue color in the spinel.
These stones will have a darker and less lively inside than the outside. The hues of the stone vary from azure-blue to violet-blue in color.