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Trapiche Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire specimens from Colombia and Myanmar

The word "Trapiche" comes from the name of a Spanish mill consisting of wooden spokes or rollers that were designed to extract the juice from fruit, including olives, dating back to the Middle Ages.  The machine was also later adapted to extract juice from sugar cane. 
 
The term has been used since 1879 when Emile Bertrand used it to describe Emeralds from Colombia.  The dark six-sided star shaped patterns seen inside the crystals (when viewed looking down the "c" axis) are similar to the actual spokes of a trapiche machine.  These rays appear much like asterism, the only difference being that they are fixed and do not move.  A Trapiche is the result of the hexagonal shape of the crystal, where the darker impurities interrupt the growth of the crystal and are pushed to the center of the crystal and then radiates out in the six directions of the corners of the crystal.  
 
Typically it is required that crystals are sliced and polished in order to see the "legs" of the Trapiche more clearly.  For a time, it was believed that Trapiche stones exhibited a form of twinning, but this is not the case.  In addition to Emeralds, I have personally observed these inclusions in Ruby, Sapphire and Tourmaline, so it stands to reason that there is a connection between hexagonal / trigonal mineral species and the "Trapiche" effect. 

We have a selection here of Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald stones all showing varying degrees of the "Trapiche" habit.  This phenomenon is exceptionally rare around the world, and I've spent a few years acquiring enough good pieces to put this update together.

Please Note:  These specimens require decent backlighting for the the color and patterns to shine through, and they are a bit dark when held in the hand in normal lighting situations. 

Enjoy!



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Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71801a.JPG] Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71801b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71801 - $ 150.00 (=~ £ 102.10)

Trapiche Sapphire

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 5.58 x 4.99 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.43 cts


A beautiful example of the classic, rare and desirable "Trapiche" habit seen in this Sapphire from Mong Hsu. This piece is a polished cross-section that has sharp, black, well-defined "spokes" or "legs" sitting in a mix of pastel pink, yellow and tan hues. A great piece for any collector, or an excellent center stone for a pendant or other piece of jewelry.



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Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71802a.JPG] Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71802b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71802 - $ 150.00 (=~ £ 102.10)

Trapiche Sapphire

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 5.31 x 4.68 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.42 cts


A beautiful example of the classic, rare and desirable "Trapiche" habit seen in this Sapphire from Mong Hsu. This piece is a polished cross-section that has sharp, black, well-defined "spokes" or "legs" sitting in a mix of pastel pink, yellow and tan hues. A great piece for any collector, or an excellent center stone for a pendant or other piece of jewelry.



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Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71803a.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71803 - $ 100.00 (=~ £ 68.07)

Trapiche Sapphire

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 4.98 x 4.10 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.43 cts


A beautiful example of the classic, rare and desirable "Trapiche" habit seen in this Sapphire from Mong Hsu. This piece is a polished cross-section that has sharp, black, well-defined "spokes" or "legs" sitting in a mostly purple-pink and yellow crystal. A decent piece for a collector, or a nice center stone for a pendant or other piece of jewelry.



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Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71804a.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71804 - $ 75.00 (=~ £ 51.05)

Trapiche Sapphire

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 4.50 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.39 cts


A nice example of the classic, rare and desirable "Trapiche" habit seen in this Sapphire from Mong Hsu. This piece is a polished cross-section that has fairly sharp, black, "spokes" or "legs" sitting in a beautiful pink background. A decent overall piece for a collector, or a fairly nice center stone for a pendant or other piece of jewelry.

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Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71805a.JPG] Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71805b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71805 - $ 50.00 (=~ £ 34.03)

Trapiche Sapphire

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 4.87 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.49 cts


A reference specimen of the classic, rare and desirable "Trapiche" habit seen in this Sapphire from Mong Hsu. This piece is a polished cross-section that has moderately sharp, black, "spokes" or "legs" sitting in a beautiful pink background.

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Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71806a.JPG] Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71806b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71806 - $ 150.00 (=~ £ 102.10)

Trapiche Sapphire

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 4.98 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.47 cts


A beautiful example of the classic, rare and desirable "Trapiche" habit seen in this Sapphire from Mong Hsu. This piece is a polished cross-section that has sharp, black, well-defined "spokes" or "legs" sitting in a pastel tan and yellow crystal. An excellent piece for a collector, or a great center stone for a pendant or other piece of jewelry.

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Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71807a.JPG] Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71807b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71807 - $ 125.00 (=~ £ 85.09)

Trapiche Sapphire

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 6.69 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 1.09 cts


A wonderful example of the classic, rare and desirable "Trapiche" habit seen in this Sapphire from Mong Hsu. This piece is a polished cross-section that has sharp, black, well-defined "spokes" or "legs" sitting in a mix of golden, pastel pink and yellow hues. I think there could actually be Rutile crystals inside of this one. A fantastic piece for a collector, or a great center stone for a pendant or other piece of jewelry.

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Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71808a.JPG] Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71808b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71808 - $ 125.00 (=~ £ 85.09)

Trapiche Sapphire

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 4.55 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.35 cts


A beautiful example of the classic, rare and desirable "Trapiche" habit seen in this Sapphire from Mong Hsu. This piece is a polished cross-section that has sharp, black, well-defined "spokes" or "legs" sitting in a mix of pastel pink, yellow and lilac hues. A great piece for any collector, or an excellent center stone for a pendant or other piece of jewelry.



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Trapiche Sapphire (with rare blue Sapphire Trapiche Sapphire (with rare blue Sapphire


No. TRAPICHE71809 - $ 150.00 (=~ £ 102.10)

Trapiche Sapphire (with rare blue Sapphire "stripes"!)

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 7.29 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 1.21 cts


A great example of the classic, rare and desirable "Trapiche" habit seen in this Sapphire from Mong Hsu. This piece is a polished cross-section that has sharp, black, well-defined "spokes" or "legs" sitting in a mix of pastel pink, purple and golden hues, but if you look closel you can see a pair of thin blue Sapphire "stripes" (see the upper right hand corner for the first photo). A lovely piece for any collector, or a wonderful center stone for a pendant or other piece of jewelry.



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Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71810a.JPG] Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71810b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71810 - $ 150.00 (=~ £ 102.10)

Trapiche Sapphire

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 5.69 x 4.37 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.52 cts


A wonderful example of the classic, rare and desirable "Trapiche" habit seen in this Sapphire from Mong Hsu. This piece is a polished cross-section that has sharp, black, well-defined "spokes" or "legs" sitting in a pastel silvey-lilac crystal. A great piece for any collector, or a cool center stone for a pendant or other piece of jewelry.



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Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71811a.JPG] Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71811b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71811 - $ 150.00 (=~ £ 102.10)

Trapiche Sapphire

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 6.68 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.72 cts


A nice example of the classic, rare and desirable "Trapiche" habit seen in this Sapphire from Mong Hsu. This piece is a polished cross-section that has fairly sharp, black, "spokes" or "legs" sitting in a beautiful pink and tan background. A decent overall piece for a collector, or a fairly nice center stone for a pendant or other piece of jewelry.



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Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71812a.JPG] Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71812b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71812 - $ 175.00 (=~ £ 119.12)

Trapiche Sapphire

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 6.68 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.72 cts


A charming example of the classic, rare and desirable "Trapiche" habit seen in this Sapphire from Mong Hsu. This piece is a polished cross-section that has discreetly sharp, black, "spokes" or "legs" sitting in a beautiful pinkish crystal. A fine overall piece for a collector, or a fairly nice center stone for a pendant or other piece of jewelry.



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Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71813a.JPG] Trapiche Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71813b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71813 - $ 125.00 (=~ £ 85.09)

Trapiche Sapphire

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 8.26 x 7.62 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 1.17 cts


A charming example of the classic, rare and desirable "Trapiche" habit seen in this Sapphire from Mong Hsu. This piece is a polished cross-section that has reasonably sharp, black, "spokes" or "legs" at the center of a pinkish colored crystal. A nice larger sized piece for a collector, or a decent center stone for a pendant or other piece of jewelry.



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Trapiche Ruby from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71814a.JPG] Trapiche Ruby from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71814b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71814 - $ 250.00 (=~ £ 170.17)

Trapiche Ruby

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 4.01 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.41 cts


Rubies are regarded amonst the most valuable gems in the world, and despite the fact that rather large crystals of red colored Corundum are found in multiple world localities, transparent crystals are few and far between. In addition to the scarcity of gem Corundum crystals is the elusive "Trapiche" habit that is found in a very small percentage of Ruby crystals, most notably from Myanmar. This piece is a polished cross section (slice) of a "Trapiche" Ruby crystal with a rich reddish-pink hue that glows with good backlighting. The "legs" or "spokes" in the stone are notably sharp with excellent balance / symmetry and wonderful form. To find this phenomenon in a Ruby is rather rare in the mineral world, and this piece a great example of something that few people have seen outside of the material from Myanmar. This piece would make a wonderful addition to a gemstone suite or a collection of gem crystals. It could also be set to create a unique piece of jewelry.

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Trapiche Ruby from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71815a.JPG] Trapiche Ruby from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71815b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71815 - $ 200.00 (=~ £ 136.14)

Trapiche Ruby

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 4.82 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.32 cts


Rubies are regarded amonst the most valuable gems in the world, and despite the fact that rather large crystals of red colored Corundum are found in multiple world localities, transparent crystals are few and far between. In addition to the scarcity of gem Corundum crystals is the elusive "Trapiche" habit that is found in a very small percentage of Ruby crystals, most notably from Myanmar. This piece is a polished cross section (slice) of a "Trapiche" Ruby crystal with a rich reddish-pink hue that glows with good backlighting. The "legs" or "spokes" in the stone are pretty sharp with good hexagonal symmetry. To find this phenomenon in a Ruby is rather rare in the mineral world, and this piece a very good example of something that few people have seen outside of the material from Myanmar. This piece would make a wonderful addition to a gemstone suite or a collection of gem crystals. It could also be set to create a unique piece of jewelry.

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Trapiche Ruby from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71816a.JPG] Trapiche Ruby from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71816b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71816 - $ 175.00 (=~ £ 119.12)

Trapiche Ruby

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 7.60 x 5.80 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 1.14 cts


Rubies are regarded amonst the most valuable gems in the world, and despite the fact that rather large crystals of red colored Corundum are found in multiple world localities, transparent crystals are few and far between. In addition to the scarcity of gem Corundum crystals is the elusive "Trapiche" habit that is found in a very small percentage of Ruby crystals, most notably from Myanmar. This piece is a polished cross section (slice) of a "Trapiche" Ruby crystal with a rich reddish-pink hue that glows with good backlighting. The "legs" or "spokes" in the stone are pretty sharp with good hexagonal symmetry. To find this phenomenon in a Ruby is rather rare in the mineral world, and this piece a very good example of something that few people have seen outside of the material from Myanmar. This piece would make a wonderful addition to a gemstone suite or a collection of gem crystals. It could also be set to create a unique piece of jewelry.

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Trapiche Ruby / Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71817a.JPG] Trapiche Ruby / Sapphire from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71817b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71817 - $ 225.00 (=~ £ 153.16)

Trapiche Ruby / Sapphire

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 6.35 x 5.85 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.96 cts


Rubies are regarded amonst the most valuable gems in the world, and despite the fact that rather large crystals of red colored Corundum are found in multiple world localities, transparent crystals are few and far between. In addition to the scarcity of gem Corundum crystals is the elusive "Trapiche" habit that is found in a very small percentage of Ruby crystals, most notably from Myanmar. This piece is a polished cross section (slice) of a "Trapiche" Ruby crystal with a rich reddish-pink hue that glows with good backlighting. The "legs" or "spokes" in the stone are pretty sharp with balanced form and hexagonal symmetry. To find this phenomenon in a Ruby is rather rare in the mineral world, and this piece a very good example of something that few people have seen outside of the material from Myanmar. This piece would make a wonderful addition to a gemstone suite or a collection of gem crystals. It could also be set to create a unique piece of jewelry.



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Trapiche Ruby (with a blue Sapphire Trapiche Ruby (with a blue Sapphire


No. TRAPICHE71818 - $ 250.00 (=~ £ 170.17)

Trapiche Ruby (with a blue Sapphire "stripe"!)

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 4.89 x 4.01 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.28 cts


Rubies are regarded amonst the most valuable gems in the world, and despite the fact that rather large crystals of red colored Corundum are found in multiple world localities, transparent crystals are few and far between. In addition to the scarcity of gem Corundum crystals is the elusive "Trapiche" habit that is found in a very small percentage of Ruby crystals, most notably from Myanmar. This piece is a polished cross section (slice) of a "Trapiche" Ruby crystal with a rich reddish-pink hue that glows with good backlighting. If you look closely you can see a small but distinct blue "stripe" in the corner, making this an incredibly rare bi-color Ruby / Sapphire cominbation stone! The "legs" or "spokes" in the stone are rather sharp with fine balance hexagonal symmetry. To find a bi-colored stone with a Trapiche habit is exceptionally rare in the mineral world, and this piece an excellent example of something that few people have seen outside of the material from Myanmar. This piece would make a superb addition to a gemstone suite or a collection of gem crystals. It could also be set to create a unique piece of jewelry.

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Trapiche Ruby from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71819a.JPG] Trapiche Ruby from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71819b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71819 - $ 275.00 (=~ £ 187.19)

Trapiche Ruby

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 4.26 x 3.68 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.41 cts


Rubies are regarded amonst the most valuable gems in the world, and despite the fact that rather large crystals of red colored Corundum are found in multiple world localities, transparent crystals are few and far between. In addition to the scarcity of gem Corundum crystals is the elusive "Trapiche" habit that is found in a very small percentage of Ruby crystals, most notably from Myanmar. This piece is a polished cross section (slice) of a "Trapiche" Ruby crystal with a rich RED color that glows with good backlighting. The "legs" or "spokes" in the stone are notably sharp with excellent balance / symmetry and wonderful form. To find this phenomenon in a Ruby is rather rare in the mineral world, and this piece a very good example of something that few people have seen outside of the material from Myanmar. This piece would make a superb addition to a gemstone suite or a collection of gem crystals. It could also be set to create a unique piece of jewelry.



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Trapiche Ruby from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71820a.JPG] Trapiche Ruby from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71820b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71820 - $ 225.00 (=~ £ 153.16)

Trapiche Ruby

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 5.48 x 4.85 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.48 cts


Rubies are regarded amonst the most valuable gems in the world, and despite the fact that rather large crystals of red colored Corundum are found in multiple world localities, transparent crystals are few and far between. In addition to the scarcity of gem Corundum crystals is the elusive "Trapiche" habit that is found in a very small percentage of Ruby crystals, most notably from Myanmar. This piece is a polished cross section (slice) of a "Trapiche" Ruby crystal with a rich reddish-pink color that glows with good backlighting. The "legs" or "spokes" in the stone are rather sharp with excellent balance / symmetry and wonderful form. To find this phenomenon in a Ruby is rather rare in the mineral world, and this piece a very good example of something that few people have seen outside of the material from Myanmar. This piece would make a great addition to a gemstone suite or a collection of gem crystals. It could also be set to create a unique piece of jewelry.

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Trapiche Ruby from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71821a.JPG] Trapiche Ruby from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71821b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71821 - SOLD

Trapiche Ruby

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 2.90 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.11 cts


Rubies are regarded amonst the most valuable gems in the world, and despite the fact that rather large crystals of red colored Corundum are found in multiple world localities, transparent crystals are few and far between. In addition to the scarcity of gem Corundum crystals is the elusive "Trapiche" habit that is found in a very small percentage of Ruby crystals, most notably from Myanmar. This piece is a polished cross section (slice) of a "Trapiche" Ruby crystal with a glowing reddish-pink color that shows up well with good backlighting. The "legs" or "spokes" in the stone are very sharp with excellent balance / symmetry and wonderful form. To find this phenomenon in a Ruby is rather rare in the mineral world, and this piece a very good example of something that few people have seen outside of the material from Myanmar. This piece would make a fantastic addition to a gemstone suite or a collection of gem crystals. It could also be set to create a unique piece of jewelry.



To order this specimen click here




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Trapiche Ruby from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71822a.JPG] Trapiche Ruby from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71822b.JPG] Trapiche Ruby from Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma) [./trapiche718/trapiche71822c.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71822 - SOLD

Trapiche Ruby

Locality: Mong Hsu, Loilem District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 4.64 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.93 cts


Rubies are regarded amonst the most valuable gems in the world, and despite the fact that rather large crystals of red colored Corundum are found in multiple world localities, transparent crystals are few and far between. In addition to the scarcity of gem Corundum crystals is the elusive "Trapiche" habit that is found in a very small percentage of Ruby crystals, most notably from Myanmar. This piece is a polished cross section (slice) of a "Trapiche" Ruby crystal with a rich RED color that glows with good backlighting. The "legs" or "spokes" in the stone are pretty sharp with good balance / symmetry. This particular stone is notably thicker than anything else in the update, which increases the saturation of color. To find this phenomenon in a Ruby is rather rare in the mineral world, and this piece a great example of something that few people have seen outside of the material from Myanmar. This piece would make a fine addition to a gemstone suite or a collection of gem crystals. It could also be set to create a unique piece of jewelry.



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Trapiche Emerald from Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia [./trapiche718/trapiche71823a.JPG] Trapiche Emerald from Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia [./trapiche718/trapiche71823b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71823 - $ 225.00 (=~ £ 153.16)

Trapiche Emerald

Locality: Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia

Specimen Size: 5.10 x 4.30 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.25 cts


Emeralds are amongst the most well-known yet elusive gems in the world. That's not to say that Emeralds per se are rare, but fine GEM quality stones are certainly much harder to find than the majority of commonly known gems. Colombia is the world's leading producer of gem quality Emeralds, but it's not only the transparent material that inctices collectors. When it comes to Emeralds, the Trapiche stones stand alone in a class all their one. This particular specimen is a classic example of the famous Muzo Trapiches featuring a beautiful glowing green interior that shows up well with good backlighting. The actual "spokes" or "legs" of the stone are incredibly sharp and well-formed with fantastic hexagonal arrangement and symmetry. This is one of my favorites in the update as it has such great form, color and gemminess.

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Trapiche Emerald from Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia [./trapiche718/trapiche71824a.JPG] Trapiche Emerald from Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia [./trapiche718/trapiche71824b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71824 - $ 175.00 (=~ £ 119.12)

Trapiche Emerald

Locality: Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia

Specimen Size: 4.65 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.18 cts


Emeralds are amongst the most well-known yet elusive gems in the world. That's not to say that Emeralds per se are rare, but fine GEM quality stones are certainly much harder to find than the majority of commonly known gems. Colombia is the world's leading producer of gem quality Emeralds, but it's not only the transparent material that inctices collectors. When it comes to Emeralds, the Trapiche stones stand alone in a class all their one. This particular specimen is a classic example of the famous Muzo Trapiches featuring a beautiful glowing green interior that shows up well with good backlighting. The actual "spokes" or "legs" of the stone are rather sharp and well-formed with fantastic hexagonal arrangement and symmetry. This is one of my favorites in the update as it has such great form, color and gemminess.

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Trapiche Emerald from Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia [./trapiche718/trapiche71825a.JPG] Trapiche Emerald from Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia [./trapiche718/trapiche71825b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71825 - SOLD

Trapiche Emerald

Locality: Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia

Specimen Size: 4.80 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.25 cts


Emeralds are amongst the most well-known yet elusive gems in the world. That's not to say that Emeralds per se are rare, but fine GEM quality stones are certainly much harder to find than the majority of commonly known gems. Colombia is the world's leading producer of gem quality Emeralds, but it's not only the transparent material that inctices collectors. When it comes to Emeralds, the Trapiche stones stand alone in a class all their one. This particular specimen is a classic example of the famous Muzo Trapiches featuring a beautiful glowing green interior that shows up well with good backlighting. The actual "spokes" or "legs" of the stone are incredibly sharp and well-formed with fantastic hexagonal "star"-shaped form and symmetry. This is one of my favorites in the update as it has such great form, color and gemminess.



To order this specimen click here




(click on the pictures to enlarge)

Trapiche Emerald from Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia [./trapiche718/trapiche71826a.JPG] Trapiche Emerald from Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia [./trapiche718/trapiche71826b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71826 - SOLD

Trapiche Emerald

Locality: Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia

Specimen Size: 6.71 x 5.57 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.64 cts


Emeralds are amongst the most well-known yet elusive gems in the world. That's not to say that Emeralds per se are rare, but fine GEM quality stones are certainly much harder to find than the majority of commonly known gems. Colombia is the world's leading producer of gem quality Emeralds, but it's not only the transparent material that inctices collectors. When it comes to Emeralds, the Trapiche stones stand alone in a class all their one. This particular specimen is a classic example of the famous Muzo Trapiches featuring a beautiful glowing green interior that shows up well with good backlighting. The actual "spokes" or "legs" of the stone are incredibly sharp and well-formed with fantastic hexagonal "star"-shaped form and symmetry. This is one of my favorites in the update as it has such great form, color and gemminess.



To order this specimen click here




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Trapiche Emerald (with a rare extra Trapiche Emerald (with a rare extra


No. TRAPICHE71827 - $ 475.00 (=~ £ 323.33)

Trapiche Emerald (with a rare extra "leg")

Locality: Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia

Specimen Size: 6.43 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.55 cts


Emeralds are amongst the most well-known yet elusive gems in the world. That's not to say that Emeralds per se are rare, but fine GEM quality stones are certainly much harder to find than the majority of commonly known gems. Colombia is the world's leading producer of gem quality Emeralds, but it's not only the transparent material that inctices collectors. When it comes to Emeralds, the Trapiche stones stand alone in a class all their one. This particular specimen is a classic example of the famous Muzo Trapiches featuring a beautiful glowing green interior that shows up well with good backlighting. You can see in the first photo that this one actually has an extra "leg" or "spoke", but it strangely doesn't show through on the reverse side. With that said the "spokes" or "legs" of the stone are still incredibly sharp and well-formed with fantastic hexagonal arrangement and symmetry. This is one of my favorites in the update as it has such great form, color and gemminess.

To order this specimen click here




(click on the pictures to enlarge)

Trapiche Emerald from Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia [./trapiche718/trapiche71828a.JPG] Trapiche Emerald from Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia [./trapiche718/trapiche71828b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71828 - SOLD

Trapiche Emerald

Locality: Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia

Specimen Size: 4.87 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.28 cts


Emeralds are amongst the most well-known yet elusive gems in the world. That's not to say that Emeralds per se are rare, but fine GEM quality stones are certainly much harder to find than the majority of commonly known gems. Colombia is the world's leading producer of gem quality Emeralds, but it's not only the transparent material that inctices collectors. When it comes to Emeralds, the Trapiche stones stand alone in a class all their one. This particular specimen is a classic example of the famous Muzo Trapiches featuring a mix of green and white in the interior that shows up well with good backlighting. The actual "spokes" or "legs" of the stone are incredibly sharp and well-formed with fantastic hexagonal symmetry.



To order this specimen click here




(click on the pictures to enlarge)

Trapiche Emerald from Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia [./trapiche718/trapiche71829a.JPG] Trapiche Emerald from Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia [./trapiche718/trapiche71829b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71829 - $ 100.00 (=~ £ 68.07)

Trapiche Emerald

Locality: Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia

Specimen Size: 4.37 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.24 cts


Emeralds are amongst the most well-known yet elusive gems in the world. That's not to say that Emeralds per se are rare, but fine GEM quality stones are certainly much harder to find than the majority of commonly known gems. Colombia is the world's leading producer of gem quality Emeralds, but it's not only the transparent material that inctices collectors. When it comes to Emeralds, the Trapiche stones stand alone in a class all their one. This particular specimen is a classic example of the famous Muzo Trapiches featuring a mix of green and white in the interior that shows up with good backlighting. The actual "spokes" or "legs" of the stone are incredibly sharp and well-formed with fantastic hexagonal symmetry.



To order this specimen click here




(click on the pictures to enlarge)

Trapiche Emerald from Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia [./trapiche718/trapiche71830a.JPG] Trapiche Emerald from Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia [./trapiche718/trapiche71830b.JPG]


No. TRAPICHE71830 - $ 225.00 (=~ £ 153.16)

Trapiche Emerald

Locality: Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi mining district, Boyaca Department, Colombia

Specimen Size: 6.64 x 6.27 mm (thumbnail)
Specimen Weight: 0.46 cts


Emeralds are amongst the most well-known yet elusive gems in the world. That's not to say that Emeralds per se are rare, but fine GEM quality stones are certainly much harder to find than the majority of commonly known gems. Colombia is the world's leading producer of gem quality Emeralds, but it's not only the transparent material that inctices collectors. When it comes to Emeralds, the Trapiche stones stand alone in a class all their one. This particular specimen is a classic example of the famous Muzo Trapiches featuring a glowing green hue in the interior that shows up well with good backlighting. The actual "spokes" or "legs" of the stone are incredibly sharp and well-formed with fantastic hexagonal symmetry.

To order this specimen click here