Spinel is the magnesium aluminum member of the larger spinel group of minerals. Its hardness is 8, its specific gravity is 3.5–4.1, and it is transparent to opaque with a vitreous to dull luster. It may be colorless, but is usually various shades of red, blue, green, yellow, brown, or black.
Imitation Gold is a coating of metal whose color looks like 14k-18k gold, making jewelry more affordable but at the same time keeping the good quality. Imitation gold has a tint of red, and appears to have a reddish yellow hue.