spi·​nel | \ spə-ˈnel How to pronounce spinel (audio) \
variants: or spinelle

Definition of spinel

1 : a hard crystalline mineral consisting of an oxide of magnesium and aluminum that varies from colorless to ruby red to black and is used as a gem
2 : any of a group of minerals that are essentially oxides of magnesium, ferrous iron, zinc, or manganese

Examples of spinel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While both pairs feature diamonds and pearls, one suggests spring, with a confection of rubies and pink sapphires, and the other gestures toward fall, with emeralds, yellow sapphires and black spinels. Nancy Hass, New York Times, "Earrings That Flicker With Balletic Grace," 18 Feb. 2020 Hermès The French label’s iconic Chaine d’Ancre motif is crafted in spinels and aventurine on the dial of the diamond-embellished Cape Cod watch; $10,550, hermes.com. 4. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "11 Watches For Men and Women for Spring, Including Bond's New Timepiece," 26 Mar. 2020 The spinel acquired that pejorative name for good reason. Kathleen Beckett, New York Times, "Spinel: ‘The Great Impostor’ No More," 10 Feb. 2020 The one-of-a-kind rings in the Winston Candy collection feature rare stones, like pink spinels and Mandarin garnets, that honor the spirit of statement 1950s cocktail rings. The Editors, Town & Country, "The 2020 Town & Country Jewelry Awards," 17 Jan. 2020 There’s also a platinum brooch in the form of a beetle, its body glittering with diamonds and its jaws clutching a giant 7-carat blue spinel. New York Times, "A Tokyo Itinerary, Over-the-Top Hats and More," 13 Sep. 2019 One of my biggest jewelry regrets is not buying a white agate and spinel ring designed by her 15 years ago. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Masterpiece London Has the Best Jewels in the World," 28 June 2019 Her Rachmaninov bracelet, shown here, features diamonds, sapphires, tourmalines, garnets, tsavorites, spinel, and ruby in some 20 iterations—for a total of 1,361 stones in all. Vogue, "Haute Couture Jewelry Report: A New Generation Alights," 9 July 2019 One was the massive Black Prince’s ruby, a 170-carat spinel that Henry V wore at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "As the Nazis bombed Britain, the royals hid the crown jewels in the least likely place," 13 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of spinel

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spinel

Italian spinella, diminutive of spina thorn, from Latin

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“Spinel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinel. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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