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Padparadscha color Spinel?

Desertrose

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I just got this stone and am mezmerized by the color - it seems to me a true padparadscha, though I know that term has a lot of debate. Was just reading this article on the term by Richard Hughes:
http://www.lotusgemology.com/index.php/library/articles/132-ownership-of-words-an-essay-on-padparadscha-sapphire

Anyway, has anyone seen this color in spinel before?

Sorry for my poor photos. Haven't learned how to use my iphone camera for closeups yet. The first pic on my hand is indirect daylight, the second pic is showing other pink stones (all tourmalines) for comparison. It's about 8x6mm in size.

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chrono

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Yes, I've seen spinels with this colouration.
 

minousbijoux

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Yes, it seems to be a lovely color and in my experience is more common in spinel (and so much cheaper!) than in sapphire. :))
 

Desertrose

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Thanks Chrono and Minousbijoux for answering my rather lame question! I guess I was just excited about it and being a dork! :twirl:

And yes, I feel it was a steal compared to the same color in sapphire. I paid $200, and its a 7.93mm x 6.14mm, 1.83ct, untreated Burma spinel.

Here's a pic that shows some of the pink-orange color range. It also goes to a deeper orange-pink at some angles.

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minousbijoux

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So great when that happens - $200 is a good price for an almost 2 ct spinel. It will be fun to see what you do with it.
 

lovedogs

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That's a great color! I love it, and agree it does look "pad-like" with a much lower price tag! Excited to see how you set it!
 
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