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The name spinel derived from the Latin "spina," meaning spine, because of its sharp, eight-sided crystals. Spinel has been confused with ruby and sapphire for thousands of years, and it has not been until the last two hundred years that scientists discovered spinel was its own gemstone. Spinels are not as hard as sapphires, with a Mohs rating of 8 (rubies and sapphires have a Mohs rating of 9), and are less dense. The famous Black Prince's Ruby set in the British Imperial State Crown is actually a 160 carat spinel!

Spinel has a calming effect on all kinds of inflammations. Stomach ulcers can be successfully treated by dinking water soaked with spinel. Torn muscles heal more quickly with spinel, and it is believed to speed the recovery of all diseases associated with movement, including problems with muscles, joints, and bones. It is also the stone of calm, loyality and meditation, helping to reduce anxiety in stressful situations.

Astrologically, spinel is associated with Sagittarius and Scorpio.

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