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Spinel is a gemstone that has been confused with Ruby and Sapphire almost until the 19th century since they looked identical. An interesting fact is that many old Rubies then discovered to be Spinel. In ancient times, most Spinel stones were used as Crown Jewels.
Spinel can be called the history’s most underappreciated gemstone. During the history, Large Spinel Crystals have been extracted from mines in South Asia, but they were named as Ruby and mostly became the property of kings and emperors or passing through as spoils of war.