Power & Benefits of Spinel:
Spinel is a beautiful stone connected with new beginnings and rejuvenation. It is a stone of energy renewal and encouragement in difficult circumstances. It enhances the positive aspects of the personality, and facilities achieving and accepting success with humility.
Spiritual & Emotional Influence:
Spinel assists you in achieving your goals and feeling proud of your accomplishments. It brings out your true personality and teaches you how to be more of yourself without fear of what others may think. It gives you strength in new beginnings and protects you from outside influences that may not be in your best interest. While there are slight variances in different colors, the base energies are consistent.
The Physical Connection:
Spinel is thought to help keep a youthful appearance and longevity. It’s said to be beneficial for inflammation, neuritis, and swelling. It is also thought to help speed up the recovery of diseases and to strengthen joints, bones, and muscles.
The Chakras Connected to Spinel:
Root (Base) Chakra (Red Spinel), Throat Chara (Blue Spinel), Heart Chakra (Green Spinel), Third Eye (Brow) Chakra (Violet Spinel), Sacra Chakra (Orange Spinel), Solar Plexus Chakra (Yellow Spinel), and Crown Chakra (White Spinel). Spinel opens the Chakras and facilitates the movement of kundalini energy up the spine.
Locations Found & History:
Canada, the United States, Japan, China, India, Myanmar, Russia, Brazil, Sweden (may be synthetic), and Europe. Red Spinel had been confused with rubies throughout history, it was even called the Balas Ruby in medieval times. From 1000 to 1900 AD it was mined in Tanzania and Burma in The Badakhshan mines which also show up in the diary of Marco Polo. Mariners used a form of spinel called lodestone as early as the 11th century in their compasses to guide their ships. The stone was officially recognized as a gemstone in the 19th century.
Rarity, Value & Variations:
Spinel has a Mohs Hardness of 7.5-8 with a cubic crystal structure, and it’s found in a variety of colors to include white, red, blue, violet, yellow, orange, green, or brown. It's most popularly found in Red or Blue and throughout history, Red Spinel stones were often mistaken for Rubies.
The best way to identify Red Spinel from Rubies and Garnet is that it has a very high melting point of 2,135 degrees Celsius. Red and blue Spinel are the most valuable and sought after because they look most like Rubies and Sapphires.
How to Use Spinel:
Place each color of Spinel on the corresponding Chakra to balance and clear the Chakras. Wear jewelry such as necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.