- 12 months ago
I am back with another loose spinel. And I am about 80% certain this one is “the one” for my 20th anniversary project. Given a few days to stare at her obsessively, I am sure I will become 100%+ sure!
I ended up doing a lot of thinking about what type of stone I wanted in this project, thanks to all you lovely Bees and your wonderful ideas! I did a lot of research on different stones and their meanings, as well as the history behind different stones, in an effort to narrow down exactly what I wanted. My problem is that, basically, I love all gemstones, which makes me indecisive.
Amethyst, because that is my husband’s birthstone and because that was the stone in the promise ring he gave me oh-so-many years ago.
Tourmaline, because that is the birthstone for October, and our anniversary is in October.
Zircon, because one of the associated meanings with this stone is that it brings prosperity and promotes honor and wisdom in its wearer (all things one would want in a good and long marriage ^.~)
Garnet, because it is the “stone of passionate devotion” (hubba, hubba!)
Topaz, because it symbolizes love and fidelity
Spinel, mostly because I love it … but one of the associated meanings is that it is believed to reconcile differences and soothe away sadness (also good things for a happy marriage)
Sapphire (specifically blue), because that is my daughter’s birthstone.
In the end, I decided to go with Spinel. It has a decent hardness, which is slighty higher/better than Amethyst, Zircon, Tourmaline and Garnet. I already have several Topaz pieces, so it would be nice to go with a different gemstone. Sadly, Sapphire was out of my price range. And, the kicker: some of the purple spinels look a LOT like Amethyst. I love the idea of the color echoing the first “promise” my sweet husband made to me. Plus, the sparkle is real!
Okay! Sorry for the long explanation. It was a process.
So, on to my new stone, which arrived today. She is a purple-pink Burmese Spinel, 2.31ct oval, and eye clean. You guys … I think I love her. I was really worried about this purchase — ha, ha!
These pictures are outdoors in sunlight — cloudy with spots of sun peeking through. I love how you can see flashes of pink and even a deeper reddish purple within the stone.
Closeup on my hand. I was so nervous taking these pictures outside! I just knew I was going to drop her.
And a whole hand picture, from slightly farther away. This is in terrible lighting, but it gives an idea of the overall size. Sometimes, this stone takes on a deep, almost wine-colored purple, which I find really pretty.