A striking black Spinel and Pearl necklace with a vintage retro feel. The sparkling black hand faceted Spinel is often referred to a the ‘black diamond’ and has been prized through the centuries.. The 4mm micro facets of the spinel are beautiful and highly reflective. The rich 11mm mulberry baroque pearls are a substantial size and with a deep regal colouring, like a rare claret. The clasp is hallmarked 925 sterling silver which is plated with gold, adding to the sense of opulence.
This necklace can be worn during the day but is stunning in the evening especially with a LBD or white top. Ideal for a ball or a wedding.
Length 16.5″/ 42cm without the clasp, with clasp18″ / 47cm.
An ideal present or just treat yourself.
Why not check out the matching earrings.
History and significance
Some say that black spinel is the stone for people born on Saturday and it is the recommended gift for the 22nd wedding anniversary.
Spinel is associated with love and supposedly help the wearer to put his or her ego aside in devotion to another. Spinel is also thought to encourage passion and increase the duration of life. Black Spinel in particular is said to be a protective stone that assists in re-establishing relationships and resolving issues. It is also believed to ease sadness.
The spinel is known as the “great imposter” in the world of gemstones. For centuries red spinel was thought to be ruby. Several of the “rubies” in the Queen of England’s crown jewels are actually spinels one of which is the ‘Timur Ruby’. One of the most famous historical spinel gemstones is known as “the Black Prince’s Ruby”. It is set into England’s state crown and is held at the Tower of London. It first appeared in the historical records of fourteenth-century Spain, and was owned by a succession of Moorish and Spanish Kings before Edward, Prince of Wales—the “Black Prince”— received the stone in 1367 as payment for a battle victory. Elizabeth I even kept in her private collection.