Coronation Fact: The Black Prince’s Ruby in the Imperial State Crown is, in fact, not a Ruby…
In theme with the Royal Coronation this weekend we have been making timeless pieces using red Spinels - the same red gemstone that is in the Imperial State Crown.
Though it is widely known as the Black Prince’s Ruby, centuries after being gifted to the Monarchy by Don Pedro the Cruel of Spain in 1367, it was discovered to be a 170 carat red Spinel, and is now often referred to as The Great Imposter.
This confusion is fairly common as these two red gemstones can even be found in the same mines.
We love using Spinels for their wide range of bright and beautiful colours. However, a bright, deeply saturated red such as the ones we sourced for these two pieces are a rare and valuable find.
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