Called “red diamond” in Indian antiquity, spinel was the gemstone of warriors. It symbolized power, courage, invincibility and ardour. It is known for being the best alternative to ruby: many famous rubies in crown jewels around the world are actually spinels. Now treasured for its own sake, spinel is a rare and high-end fine stone thanks to its excellent hardness, high clarity and very intense colour. Spinel comes in a wide range of colours. Although commonly thought of as red, it can be found in a range of beautiful pastel shades of pink, purple, orange, blue, plus every combination in between. The most desirable and valuable color is a deep blood red very close to ruby.