Moreshine Gemstone
Moreshine Gemstone

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “TRAPICHE RUBY” AND “STAR RUBY”

Before  we go any further, let us look at the definition terms of the word  “trapiche”.  It is a Spanish word meaning a wheel used in a sugar mill  or a rude mill for grinding ores or minerals. This wheel resembles very  much with a car wheel, likewise this type of a ruby with a combination  of small sections which bring about a wheel shape. 

Trapiche Ruby

This type of ruby has six sections all  together. You don’t need a light source to see all of them. The parts of  this ruby can be seen well.

Star Ruby

This ruby has six different rays which  can be visible very clearly once the light source is applied. And once  the Ruby displays these rays, this act of display we call it “Asterism”.

Gems that have a “trapiche” features

But it is also good to know that, there are some gemstones have a “trapiche” features such as

  • Sapphire
  • Emerald
  • Tourmaline
  • Garnet

Sources of Trapiche Rubies

  • Burma
  • Guinea
  • Sierra Leone
  • Tanzania
  • Brazil
  • Colombia

Take Note Trapiche Ruby can also display “asterism”, although it is very rare.