Well, hello spinel! Earlier this summer, two fine-jewelry trade groups — American Gem Trade Association and Jewelers of America — announced that spinel would join peridot as a birthstone for August.
I love the vibrant yellow-green hue of peridot. I used it in my Susan chandelier-earring design.
But peridot is always some shade of green, and not everyone likes green. Spinel comes in a range of colors including rich red, orange and purple. I used a pink spinel in my new ring for ANZA Gems.
Spinel also comes in black, giving New Yorkers born in August a reason to rejoice. Two of my Clemence rings feature black spinel, so I’m putting them on sale for a few days to celebrate the new birthstone. Here’s the mega-Manhattan version, with two black spinels.
This one is Manhattan “lite,” with one black spinel and a rock crystal.
I’ve explained the Clemence inspiration before:
“The Clemence ring is named for Clemence of Hungary, the second wife of King Louis X of France in the early 14th century. In Les Rois Maudits (The Accursed Kings), a series of seven historical novels by Maurice Druon, Clemence is portrayed as a pious woman who, after the death of her husband, consoled herself with jewelry.”
I figured Clemence would appreciate two nice big rocks!