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Historical jewelry #TBT 💎 August's newest birthstone, Spinel, has a long history of being misidentified for a ruby. In fact, many famous rubies are spinel! 

The Timur Ruby of the British Crown Jewels, the center uncut 352.5 carat stone in this necklace, is actually a red spinel. It is inscribed with the names/dates of it's 6 previous owners from about 1300's-1754. The British took the Timur in 1849 as part of an Indian collection and turned it into a necklace in 1853, as part of the British Crown Jewels. It was believed to be a ruby all the way up until 1851.

Historical jewelry #TBT 💎 August's newest birthstone, Spinel, has a long history of being misidentified for a ruby. In fact, many famous rubies are spinel! The Timur Ruby of the British Crown Jewels, the center uncut 352.5 carat stone in this necklace, is actually a red spinel. It is inscribed with the names/dates of it's 6 previous owners from about 1300's-1754. The British took the Timur in 1849 as part of an Indian collection and turned it into a necklace in 1853, as part of the British Crown Jewels. It was believed to be a ruby all the way up until 1851.

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