Trapiche Emerald
Muzo Mine, Boyaca Dept., Colombia
Thumbnail, 1.7 x 1.4 x 1.3 cm
Ex. Irv Brown; F. John Barlow
This type of emerald is characterized by thin septae of carboniferous shale separating the crystal into a flower like appearance. Trapiche Emeralds are quite rare, and highly valued especially for their value in jewelry. They are typically made into cabochons, rather than faceted stones. This one has excellent color, bright and showy, whereas many are dull. It has gemmy areas within the pattern. At 27 carats in weight, this has considerable gem value, therefore, if you were to make a few cabs out of it.