Trapiche crystals

Soft and fragile green gems may be more valuable than diamonds of the same size.

Sounds unbelievable, right?

The famous trapiche crystals are among the world’s finest emeralds. These Colombian jewels have globally intrigued connoisseurs and collectors with their naturally forming hexagonal structures.

Black carbon deposits fill in at the crystal junction of these charming green gems. This soot forms catchy radial patterns with a six-pointed star effect.

The word ‘trapiche’ actually refers to the heavy gears that the Spaniards used to crush sugarcane. The six-rayed carbon pattern on these green emeralds easily reminds one of these gears.

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