Mahenge spinel is a type of spinel stone that is known for its unique and vibrant colors. It is mined in the Mahenge region of Tanzania, Africa.
The History of Mahenge Spinel
The history of Mahenge spinel is not well documented but it is believed to have been discovered in the early 20th century. The deposit was initially found by the local people, who were looking for rubies, but instead found these vibrant spinel crystals.
Mahenge spinel was initially overlooked by the gemstone industry because it was not as well-known as other gemstones such as ruby and sapphire. However, in the late 1990s, the deposit was rediscovered and began to gain popularity among gemstone collectors and enthusiasts. The vibrant red and pink colors of Mahenge spinel quickly caught the attention of the gemstone market, and it became a sought-after gemstone.
The mining of Mahenge spinel is done mainly by small-scale miners using simple tools, and the production is limited. The quality of the Mahenge spinel is considered high and it is known for its brilliance, fire and durability. As a result, Mahenge spinel has become a popular alternative to ruby and sapphire, especially among collectors who appreciate unique and rare gemstones.
Price per carat
The prices of Mahenge spinel can range widely depending on the color, quality, and size of the stone. The deep red and hot pink colors of Mahenge spinel are considered the most valuable, with prices ranging from $500 to $20000 per carat.