As of June 2016, August babies can finally celebrate spinel as the newest birthstone addition to their month. A vibrant, sparkly, and elegant gem adored and valued by royalty, spinel comes in hues that rival the finest sapphires and rubies. Since this gem is mysterious, exotic, and underrepresented, a larger bling effect, in comparison to rubies and sapphires, is achieved at a fraction of the price.

Although peridot, another August birthstone, can come in vibrantly saturated and rich green shades, the masses of chain stores have given peridot a poor reputation; one of possessing a listless, pale green hue. Since spinel is rare, harvested in quantities small enough that it is impossible to satisfy the demand of chain retailers, individuals desiring this precious gem must contact a local jewellery designer in order to custom source the perfect fit of gem for the perfect piece of jewellery. If the jeweler is a gem specialist, he or she will be able to educate and assist you in discerning the different valuable attributes of each gem. 

Untreated, spinel is resilient and tough, boasting a hardness of 8 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. This stunning gem is a perfect addition to the wardrobe of the savvy fashionista or gem connoisseur.