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World Famous Spinel-Black Prince’s Ruby in the British Imperial Crown

World Famous Spinel-Black Prince’s Ruby in the British Imperial Crown

Red Spinel has been mistaken for a very long time for ‘Rubies’. World famous ‘Rubies’ in ancient times have now been identified as spinels. The “ Black Prince’s Ruby” is a crimson-red gemstone set in England’s Imperial State Crown which is displayed in the Tower of London. It is believed to be mined from Afghanistan and the same is polished and octagonal in shape. This majestic gemstone is first recorded in fourteenth Century in Spain. It was owned by succession of Moorish Kings and Spanish Kings. Thereafter, this gemstone was received as a payment for a victory in a battle...

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Zircon Gemstone

Zircon is a birthstone for the month of December along with Tanzanite and Turquoise. Zircons are considered as a popular substitute for diamonds due to their high brilliance. They occur in various colors from colorless to yellow, gold, red, brown, blue and green. The name ‘Zircon’ derives from the Persian name ‘Zargun’ which means “Gold-Hued”, and the Light colored ones have been named as ‘Jargoon’. The English term ‘Zircon’ is derived from the German term ‘Zirkon’. Mineral: Zircon Chemistry: ZrSiO4 Color: Blue, red, yellow, orange, brown, green Refractive index: High: 1.925 to 1.984 (+/- 0.040) Medium: 1.875 to 1.905 (+/- 0.030) Low: 1.810 to 1.815 (+/-0.030)...

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Spinel Gemstone

Sri Lanka is the world’s second largest supplier of this gemstone next to Myanmar. Spinel has become more popular in the past two decades and the prices have been increasing as the demand easily exceeds the supply.  Spinel in Sri Lanka ranges from Ruby Red, Pink, Orange, Reddish Brown, Purple, Blue, Bluish Green, Mauve to Colorless. These exhibit similar resemblances to the Corundum varieties especially in respect of Pink, Red, Orangish Red, Blue and Mauve. However, Corundum and Spinel are two different groups of gemstones with different chemical compositions and qualities. Mineral:   spinel Chemistry: MgAl2O4 Color: red, orange, pink, purple, blue, black...

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Famous Padparadscha Sapphire (King Sapphire) set on the engagement ring of Princess Eugenie

Famous Padparadscha Sapphire (King Sapphire) set on the engagement ring of Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie, Mrs Jack Brooksbank is a member of the British royal family. She is the younger daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York. She is tenth in the line of succession to the British throne and her engagement ring featured a large Padparadscha Sapphire, a rare stone that has a pink tint to it, surrounded by diamonds. This Padparadscha Sapphire flower ring is set on a curved yellow-gold band. The ring is said to be strikingly similar to Princess Eugenie's mother, Sarah, Duchess of York's, engagement ring which was given to her in 1986 by...

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Padparadscha Sapphire from Ceylon | King Sapphire

Padparadscha Sapphire from Ceylon | King Sapphire

The name Padparadscha derives its unique name from the Sinhalese language (the Indo-Aryan language primarily spoken by the Sinhalese people of Sri Lanka, where most Padparadscha Sapphires are found). The word ‘moaurd.ZmoaurdvsI (Padma-raga)’ means the “Lotus blossom”. The word ‘Padma’ means the Lotus flower and ‘raga’ means the ‘color/Lust’. The unique color of this corundum gemstone is quite similar to the color of Lotus flower, sunset color or to the color of tropical fruits which is has a fascinating combination of pink and orange and its color cannot be compared to any other gemstone. Therefore, Padparadscha Sapphire is one of the rarest...

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