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Red Spinel, Crystal Specimen, Mahenge, Tanzania, #r153
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Stone : Red Spinel Crystal Specimen
Item : #r153
Origin : Mahenge, Tanzania
Treatments : None
Weight : 1.2 KG
Clarity : Specimen
Size : Hand size
Price : NOT FOR SALE

Comments : Hows this for a red spinel crystal specimen. This is an amazingly large crystal that was found in the same area that that 50-odd kg specimen a few years back that caused such a stir and from which a quite a number of VERY EXPENSIVE gems were cut. This one was bought back by the same collecter for whom I cut those amazing red spinel gems. Wouldn't you like to have this rock as your doorstop! :-) I think I can spot some gemmy looking material there as well.

Red Spinel, Crystal Specimen, Mahenge, Tanzania, #r153
Red Spinel, Crystal Specimen, Mahenge, Tanzania, #r153
Red Spinel, Crystal Specimen, Mahenge, Tanzania, #r153
Red Spinel, Crystal Specimen, Mahenge, Tanzania, #r153

 

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Red Spinel, Brilliant Pear, Mahenge, Tanzania, #359
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Stone : Red Spinel
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2011
Item : #359
Design : Brilliant Pear (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Mahenge, Tanzania
Treatments : None
Weight : 2.8 carat
Clarity : Very Slightly Included
Size : 8 x 10 x 5.5 mm
Price : RETURNED TO ORIGINAL OWNER

* See postscript comments at end.

Comments : This beauty is one of the finest red spinels that I have cut and is that very rare of beasts... a pure red spinel. To my eye, and believe me I have looked alot at this gem, I could not detect anything that I could definitively say was a secondary tone... in my opinion it is as pure red as a fire engine. If there are any secondary tones then they must be very subtle indeed because I cannot pick it. Naturally with a faceted gem as you move it around there are flashes of lighter and darker colour as the light bounces off the pavilion facets so I was especially looking at the flashes of the lighter red trying to see if there was any orange as I certainly couldn't detect any pink. I was thinking, when does light red become an orange, but again I couldn't pick anything that I could say with certainty was orange. But, having said all this, like a good scientist/gemcutter I have to allow for the fact that others might call it a red stone with a slight orange overtone, but geez, there's not much in it if there is. Perhaps better trained eyes then mine can spot it but I'd call this a red stone. (That's the best call I can make on the colour and as up front as I can be about it.)

As always, the pics do not do the gem any justice. If the pics suggest any orange or pink tones then that is the fault of the camera and my photography skills. Its very hard to capture the colour perfectly and I know that I haven't quite managed to do so here but I've done my best. :-) This is simply a stunning gemstone and if you think you've seen a red gems before, this will really show you what a red gem looks like!

The gem has some minor inclusions that are common to spinel but nothing that detracts from the visual beauty of the stone. It does seem to have a slight sleepiness about it as well that I find actually adds to its allure. I can't see any "silk" inside the gem so I figure its just the way the stone is.

Now, what really puts this gem firmly on the top shelf is how it looks at night... in one word, breathtaking! Under lights the colour looks even better then it does in the day and holds it pure red tone. Its bright and fiery and what's more, there is no extinction or "going dark"... it stays open, gloriously so! This is a sign of a top gem. I'd be finding any and every excuse to wear it out at night it if graced my fingers. :-)

This gem is being sold on behalf of the collector that I cut it for and as such the price is as marked... there is no discount on this gem. The collector personally sourced it from Mahenge, Tanzania. So in addition to its great colour it also has the right pedigree and Mahenge spinels, especially these pure reds, are becoming exceptionally hard to obtain. Very little good rough is coming out of this area now so this gem represents an excellent investment.

This is a beautiful, stunning gem, folks, plain and simple. Its one of those rare gems that will stop people in their tracks at first glance and you'll see people constantly trying to catch a better look at it. A top red spinel gemstone from Mahenge!

* This spinel was original described as "pure" red by myself in the original comments (which have been left intact above for reference) but after much discussion and evaluation with others the general concensus is that is it indeed a very intense red colour with a slight orange modifier and may well be classified as a "flame" spinel. Therefore I stand corrected. :-)

This spinel was sold to a customer but was returned because it was not the colour that was desired. It has since been returned to the original owner/collector.

Regarding the original price of $4200 AUD, it was also agreed that this red spinel represented an excellent investment opportunity. Suggested wholesale price per carat for a gem of this size, type and quality ranges from $1500 - $2250 USD (The GemGuide 2009). In addition, The GemGuide further notes that "The intensely coloured orangey-red variety of spinel known by the trade name "flame" may exceed GemGuide prices."

Red Spinel, Brilliant Pear, Mahenge, Tanzania, #359
Red Spinel, Brilliant Pear, Mahenge, Tanzania, #359
Red Spinel, Brilliant Pear, Mahenge, Tanzania, #359
Red Spinel, Brilliant Pear, Mahenge, Tanzania, #359
Red Spinel, Brilliant Pear, Mahenge, Tanzania, #359
Red Spinel, Brilliant Pear, Mahenge, Tanzania, #359
Red Spinel, Brilliant Pear, Mahenge, Tanzania, #359
Red Spinel, Brilliant Pear, Mahenge, Tanzania, #359
Red Spinel, Brilliant Pear, Mahenge, Tanzania, #359
Red Spinel, Brilliant Pear, Mahenge, Tanzania, #359
Red Spinel, Brilliant Pear, Mahenge, Tanzania, #359
Red Spinel, Brilliant Pear, Mahenge, Tanzania, #359
Red Spinel, Brilliant Pear, Mahenge, Tanzania, #359

 

Red Spinel, Round Brilliant, Mahenge, Tanzania, #360
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Stone : Red Spinel
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2011
Item : #360
Design : Round Brilliant
Origin : Mahenge, Tanzania
Treatments : None
Weight : 2.3 carat
Clarity : Very Slightly Included
Size : 7.8 x 7.8 x 5.5 mm
Price : RETURNED TO ORIGINAL OWNER

Comments : This is a fabulous red spinel from the renown Mahenge deposits in Tanzania. The gem is a very similar red tone to #359 but is a fraction lighter in saturation (though not much) and it does have a very slight orange secondary tone. The impression is a predominately red stone though the orange is there if you look carefully.

The gem is cut in the classic round brilliant design and the size is perfect for a ring and should fit a standard size setting without any difficulty. This is a very fine gemstone. There is a small cloud-like inclusion just under the surface in the crown and several other minor inclusions that are common to spinel. I couldn't detect any silk and the stone doesn't seem to have the slight sleepiness of #359. The two stones, #359 and this one would make a good pairing because the colours are very similar. I can easily see one as a ring and the other a pendant all set against a fiery red dress! Dynamite!!! :-) At night this stone excels and doesn't "close up", remaining nice and open and not dark at all. A very fine example of a Mahenge red spinel.

This gem is being sold on behalf of the collector that I cut it for and as such the price is as marked... there is no discount on this gem. The collector personally sourced it from Mahenge, Tanzania.



Red Spinel, Round Brilliant, Mahenge, Tanzania, #360
Red Spinel, Round Brilliant, Mahenge, Tanzania, #360
Red Spinel, Round Brilliant, Mahenge, Tanzania, #360
Red Spinel, Round Brilliant, Mahenge, Tanzania, #360
Red Spinel, Round Brilliant, Mahenge, Tanzania, #360
Red Spinel, Round Brilliant, Mahenge, Tanzania, #360
Red Spinel, Round Brilliant, Mahenge, Tanzania, #360

 

Pinkish Purple Spinel, Mini-Mint, Mahenge, Tanzania, #361
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Stone : Pinkish Purple Spinel (Matched Pair)
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2011
Item : #361
Design : Mini-Mint
Origin : Mahenge, Tanzania
Treatments : None
Weight : 1.1 carat each
Clarity : Very Slightly Included
Size : 6 x 6 x 4 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : These are a beautiful pair of Mahenge spinels. The have been cut as a matching pair and would be ideal for a pair of earings or studs. The size is calibrated and should easily fit any standard setting. One of the spinels is just a touch darker then the other. Both stones have some inclusions with one of them have a small veil that can be seen in the pic. In real life the veil and inclusions are not very noticable at all. The gems are bright and sparkly and at night are dazzling. A lovely pair of spinel gems.

Pinkish Purple Spinel, Mini-Mint, Mahenge, Tanzania, #361
Pinkish Purple Spinel, Mini-Mint, Mahenge, Tanzania, #361
Pinkish Purple Spinel, Mini-Mint, Mahenge, Tanzania, #361
Pinkish Purple Spinel, Mini-Mint, Mahenge, Tanzania, #361
Pinkish Purple Spinel, Mini-Mint, Mahenge, Tanzania, #361
Pinkish Purple Spinel, Mini-Mint, Mahenge, Tanzania, #361
Pinkish Purple Spinel, Mini-Mint, Mahenge, Tanzania, #361

 

 

 

 

 

 

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