An Interview with Spinel Collector Seth Rosen
Spinel collector and gem trade expert Seth Rosen discusses the current market and potential future for this beautiful but little-known stone.
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Spinel is a Collector’s Gem
First, we discussed the public’s limited knowledge of this gem. Mr. Rosen said plainly that spinel “is a collector’s gem.” But could that change? He responded:
I think the general public has never heard of spinel and never really will. The issue with spinel is that it’s rare. And really fine quality is quite rare.
Considering spinel’s rarity and obscurity, I asked Mr. Rosen how he first came to admire the gem.
Obviously, it’s easy to be interested in sapphire, rubies, colored diamonds, and stuff like that. Spinel just caught my eye. People didn’t really understand why it was so special. It was significantly more affordable at the time, especially for the premium colors. Red was always expensive but nothing like today.
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