Spinel can come in many colors which include red, orange, pink, purple, blue, and black. Until recently, this stone was underappreciated in the consumer world, however in ancient times southeast Asia unearthed large spinel crystals that became treasured property of kings and emperors, passing through many hands throughout history. Until the late 1700s this stone was sometimes mistaken for ruby, until mineralogist Jean Baptiste Louis Rome de Lisle identified it as it's own mineral. The surface of this stone is nearly perfect with minimal pitting, in Burma, they believe that it was "polished by the spirits." Spinel can stimulate all of the chakras and serves as a catalyst for new ideas and ways of thinking. It is also said to promote physical vitality, refilling energy and easing exhaustion.