Spinel (alternate spellings include spynel, spinell, spinal, espinal, and spinelle) is an ancient name that originally referred to red gemstones.
The origin of the Spinel's name was lost in antiquity, though it may derive from the Latin word spina meaning "little thorn," a reference to the sharp points on some crystals. Spinels are documented in literature dating as early as the sixteenth century.
The earliest recorded use of a Spinel gemstone was in 100 BC, as an ornament on a Buddhist tomb in Afghanistan.
The Romans also used Spinel as jewelry.
The first known systematic mining of Spinel was in Afghanistan about 750 AD.
Many of the historic spinels were likely mined there. Many of the famous gemstones thought to be rubies in royal collections are actually Spinels.
The largest red Spinel of gem quality is a 412 ct stone that is part of the Russian crown jewels.
The world's largest collection of fine Spinels is part of the former Crown jewels of Iran.
Since 1587 that Spinel was recognized as a separate mineral species and gemstone.
The most infamous is certainly Prince Edward's (the Black Prince, eldest son of King Edward III of Britain in the Middle Ages) magnificent 170 carat red "ruby" that currently adorns the Imperial State crown in the British Crown jewels, was discovered in the 1940s to actually be red Spinel.
Another would be a 352 carat stone currently owned by Queen Elizabeth, the Timur Ruby, which has the names of all the Mighal emperors who previously own it, engraved on the face...turned out to be red Spinel, as well....just imagine.
Astrological : blue Spinel is linked to Sagittarius, red Spinel is told to be effective for Scorpio.
Spinel is a stone that comes in so many colors it's often confused for other stones.
Spinel's a valid mineral in its own right, though, and has many positive energetic properties.
In metaphysical and crystal healing lore, Spinel of virtually any color is known for the following energetic attributes.
Spinel is a stone that can bring high energy to all efforts and all realms. In the outer world, Spinelis used to attract money, wealth and prosperity. Spinel is also said to be a stone of immortality.
Spinel is used in the mental realm for intellectual power and alleviating forgetfulness.
Spinel is used for aura cleansing, astral travel, channeling, and clairaudience. Emotionally, Spinel is used for alleviating stress and depression, bringing calm to those within its energy field.
Black Spinel will help one be in charge of situations and to handle other people in a correct manner.
Blue or Gray colored Spinel will enhance discrimination, especially about friends and what situations we become involved in, also quite good for spiritual communication.
Dark Green Spinel is said to enhance communication skills as well as increase money.
Light Green Spinel is told to be worn when one feels fear.
Pink Spinel is the color that is quite good for couples in relationships as it fosters love.
Peach Spinel is said to build self-esteem and soften criticism towards others or oneself.
Red Spinel is excellent for increasing vitality, confidence and leadership.
Violet Spinel is used to avoid being victimize, and helps enhance communication between generations.
Yellow Spinel is said to be for those with low self-esteem as it fosters a stronger belief in one's own abilities.
Spinel is a high energy stone, used to lend the body energy and to heal physical energy blockages.
The beautiful gemstone has a calming effect on all kinds of inflammations, even neurits and it's symptoms are told to benefit from it.
Spinel will speed the recovery of all diseases associated with movement, including issues with joints, bones and muscles.
Spinel will actually grant strength to the wearer and increase her powers of self healing, this makes it possible for one to protect oneself from the troublesome influences of others.
In the physical realm, Spinel is used in folklore and crystal health to benefit teeth, spine, gums, whole body healing, cancer healing, slimming to a healthy weight, and increasing physical energy and stamina.
Spinel is related to particular chakras and color healing work according to its color, and is said in all colors to assist with raising kundalini energy.