The color of this Spinel is a very light purple which makes it look grey. Grey Spinels are very popular at the moment.
Please excuse the lint on the left side of the photo, this is not an inclusion.
There is a tiny feather just under the table of the stone which is visible in the photo. This inclusion is not visible to the naked eye however.
Fine spinels are now rarer than the rubies they used to imitate. Strangely, they are also more affordable: in the gem world, being too rare can be a drawback because so few people even get a chance to develop a fondness for the varieties in question.In addition to beautiful rich reds, spinel can be found in a range of gorgeous pastel shades of pink and purple. Of particular interest is a vivid hot pink with a tinge of orange mined in Burma. It is one of the most spectacular gemstone colours seen in any species at all. Spinel also comes in beautiful blue tones called cobalt spinel, but these are very, very rare.