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.


  • In 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.


  • In 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”.


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.