Spinel Pinkish-Red #3 (Mahenge, Tanzania)
*This is a very small miniature, known as a thumbnail specimen. Please examine scale photo and consider dimensions carefully.* Thumbnail specimens are mounted in small display boxes known as perky boxes, and contain locality information. They are designed so that they are ready for display, or may be unmounted for any use including jewelry supply. An ideal and efficient tiny treasure, for any collection
Mineral Name: Spinel (Pink to Red Spinel)
Locality: Mahenge, Tanzania.
Dimensions: .11" x .13" (3 mm x 3 mm)
Characteristics of this specimen: This is an exceptional octahedral crystal of spinel—the color is deep pink-red, and it would be ideal for collection or jewelry supply.
Care Notes: Spinel is a hard and durable mineral.
Physical: Spinel is a group of silicate minerals that form in many colors, the rarest of which is blue. Red spinel is well-known, and several of the most famous rubies in history were actually Spinels. Mahenge was virtually unknown for spinel gems until 2007, when a farmer in his field found a giant pink-red octahedral spinel crystal weighing in at 114 pounds! With this discovery, thousands of carats of spinel from this Tanzanian region hit the market, competing with Afghanistan’s famous “Balas Rubies” (red spinels from the Balas region). Mahenge has since become world-renowned for its beautiful pink and red spinel crystals.
HEALING: Red spinel is associated with good luck, abundance, positive energy, and physical healing. It’s associated with business success and abundance especially.
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