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Arkteia

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Thank you for this post! It is always nice to get some information, even outdated. I, for one, did not know about the cutting.
 

Harriet

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Two points:
1. I'd love an orange spinel, but a yellow continues to elude me.
2. Fine colour, even in pastels, has become rare and commensurately expensive.
 

Arkteia

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I wonder if spinel is on the ascendant partially because it became so hard to find untreated corundum. Spinel was around for a long time, and the selection was great, and no one was raving about it. Can this new interest be partially explained by the difficulty in obtaining untreated corundum? By untreated I mean not treated with Berillium, because rubies were always expensive.
 

Harriet

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I believe it was the Mahenge strike, and the prices the material fetched, that led to the ascendency of spinel.
 

Deia

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Spinels come in yellow?

I did not know that!!!
 

Harriet

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Crasru,
You're welcome.

Deia,
Only according to a few sources. No one I know has ever seen one!
 

pregcurious

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I didn't know they came in grey. It would be really cool to find a pair of grey ones to pair with a red spinel.
 

Pandora II

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I've only seen a picture of a yellow one - never seen one in real life.
 
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