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Spinel from Tanzania
Our hearts at Pala International go out to this stone. It is said that love at first sight doesn't exist, but this heart-shaped spinel from Mahenge, Tanzania begs to differ. Spinel has been on the rise since the late 1990s and the prices have dramatically increased through its new-found popularity in the last ten years. Spinel's name recognition is not as large as that of ruby, sapphire or emerald, but prominent companies have increased their use of these once collector-only stones. The vivid color of this spinel in particular is heart stopping. When viewed in person spinel will forever be added to your vocabulary.
Above and below: Heart-shaped natural spinel from Mahenge, Tanzania, 6.24 carats, 10.45 x 10.64 x 7.87 mm, Inventory #23834. (Photo: Mia Dixon)