Spinel is available in a brilliant range of colors and is believed to protect the owner from harm and soothe away sadness. Spinel belongs to the Oxides group and is both a mineral name and the name of a group of minerals that all have the same crystal structure. Like many stones, Spinel can occur in a variety of colors including a smokey gray-blue, vibrant pink and ruby red. In fact, red Spinel is such a convincing ruby color that it wasn't until the last hundred years that Rubies and Spinels were determined to be different minerals. Famous rubies such as the Black Prince's Ruby in the crown jewels are actually large, red Spinels. Fine Spinel is found in numerous places such as Sri Lanka, Sweden, Italy, Madagascar, Pakistan, Brazil and the United States. It is believed that Spinel is a stone of revitalization and can help the wearer release their past in order to move easily towards the future.