Natural pink spinel
With its exceptional brilliance and inner fire the pink spinel is unmistakable – quite unlike other pink gems. As light plays over the crystal it brings out the gem’s remarkable optical effects. The pink spinel emits vivid fluorescence in UV rays, seeming to absorb the light and then hurl it back into the dark, magnified in its own fiery glow. Then too there is the effect of its single refraction giving it one pure color in every direction and, in this case at least, in every light, never showing overtones of brown or gray whatever the illumination. Once cut in the elegant antique fashion with large facets, the color flashes out with each tilt of its pretty head: like a beautiful woman’s eyes as she glances back over her shoulder.
Traveling back through time, classical allusions to the pink color leap out at us in art and fashion; a flash of color here in a formal medieval tapestry, another, there, in a stylish Regency bonnet, and there too, in the dried rose petals on the table of a heart-broken poet. Pink spinel has woven time and people together throughout history. It continues to do so to this day. Its nature – luscious, soft, yet crystal-clear – can touch a woman’s heart like no other. Its fire and sparkle call out for champagne. It should never be locked away in a box of treasures, pinned like a butterfly behind glass, or incarcerated in a vault. A pink spinel should glow on a woman’s skin, so that the jewel enhances her beauty, attune to all her nuances; it is a live gem, it needs to breathe. If there were one gem that represented the very nature of a woman, it would be a pink spinel: the heritage of the blood royal rediscovered.