end-week post: 10ct Cushion-cut Gem Burma Spinel

DAVID BIRNBAUM / RARE 1 

SPOTLIGHT:  Focus Jewel of the Week

Centerstone:  Natural Unheated Gem Burma Spinel
Carat/Cut:  10ct Cushion-cut
Origin:  Burma
Lab:  AGL Lab-certified
MOHS Hardness:  8
Price: below $600,000-

Most rare and exotic gemstones vary wildly in price depending on the origin.  A spinel of this size and color originating from Burma is the creme of the crop and is more valuable than your average ruby or diamond.

This particular gem is natural and unheated, meaning there are no traces of any treatment done to this stone to enhance its color.  Large carat weights of Gem Burma Spinel is extremely difficult to come by and this stone is truly in a class of its own.

Because of its rareity, the price per carat of these gems continue to rise and be a hot item in all the international gem shows. The hardness of the spinel (9 on the Mohs scale) makes it a very popular item to wear as a ring.

This stone can be crafted into a beautiful cocktail ring or even a very formidable men’s ring or a statement necklace. The deep rich red color of this Burma spinel rivals that of a vibrant ruby and would be an valuable addition to any collection.