Spinel is a gem most often mistaken for all colors of genuine Corundum (Ruby and Sapphire). Many well know Rubies and Sapphires throughout history have been later identified as Spinel, the most famous being the Black Prince of EnglandĂs ˘Ruby÷. With a similar hardness and toughness, Spinel is often a more affordable substitute for the many shades of Corundum and also occurs with color change phenomena. Metaphysical properties: SpinelĂs energy is said to have the capability of renewing vitality and the desire to try again. It gives hope to those who thought hope was dead and can attract help from others, raise thoughts and purifies the imagination. Spinel in healing is a powerful general cleanser which aligns the etheric and emotional bodies.