This rich and regal gemstone ranges in color from pale pink to deepest black. In fact, the spinel is known as the "great imposter" in the world of gemstones. Several of the "rubies" in the Queen of England's crown jewels are actually spinels! The black spinel is one of the rarest spinels. Spinels are associated with love and supposedly help the wearer to put their ego aside in devotion to another person. Spinel is also thought to encourage passion and increase the duration of one's life. Black Spinel in particular is said to be a protective stone that assists in re-establishing relationships and resolving issues. It is also believed to ease sadness.