Gem Blast: Red Spinel Melee

Bringing in the New Year with a bright bang! Here are some red spinel melee! I’ve had plans for these little guys for years, but they WILL be set in 2015. Famous last words. Hah!

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I bought these stones with my husband after a great Vietnamese lunch. We popped over to the local gem store and I spotted these beauties. He keeps asking me why I haven’t set them yet, and I don’t have an answer besides that I haven’t gotten to it yet.

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They are mostly red or red-pink, and really remind me of the color of Maraschino cherries as a group. Some are more pink, and some are more red. Since spinels are so rare, I accept their differences. Once set, I doubt the color differences will be noticeable.

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Taking these photos allows me to see and appreciate the variations in color and cut. Each stone is special in it’s own way.

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There is something so satisfying to me about tossing little stones around like confetti and taking pictures of them. I love capturing their tiny details, even more so than larger stones.

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6 thoughts on “Gem Blast: Red Spinel Melee

    1. Thanks! I’ve always planned on making a band with them, but I recently came up with a second parcel, so now I am really not sure what to do with so many little guys. If the second parcel is matched well enough, I might make two bands instead of just one! Or something else, they’d be cool as accent stones, and I have a bunch of rubies and red spinels I really need to do something with. Too much red suddenly!

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    1. I actually bought everything that was in the store, because it was so unexpected and I didn’t figure I’d come across it again! I have two parcels, one that’s currently in my etsy shop and one that I’m going to use for a band eventually. I had divided it into 3 parcels and sold one a few years ago, reserved one for myself and the other is listed here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/222956273/parcel-red-spinel-melee-rounds?ref=shop_home_active_18

      I know there are more out there, it’s just a matter of finding them. Let me know if you need help!

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