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Appearance, Uses and History
The name Spinel is a little confusing, as it can refer to two things. One is the ‘spinel group’, the other is what most people will think of when they hear the name Spinel.
Specifically, Spinel is the magnesium/aluminium member of the Spinel group. Have I lost you yet?
The mineral known as Spinel is used as a gemstone and occurs with an extremely unusual crystalline formation. It typically occurs in crystal octahedrons, although there are other forms.
Spinel crystals are found in a range of locations, including Afghanistan, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Madagascar, Myanmar, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, the USA, and Vietnam.
There are other locales, although the crystals are typically less high quality than the ones listed above.
Photos of Spinel
Hazards and Warnings
Almost all rocks, minerals (and, frankly, almost all other substances on earth) can produce toxic dust when cutting, which can cause serious respiratory conditions including silicosis.
When cutting or polishing rocks, minerals, shells, etc, all work should be done wet to minimise the dust, and a suitable respirator or extraction system should be used.
- spinel group
- Gruppo degli spinelli
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