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    RARE GEMSTONES: TRAPICHE EMERALD PARURE
    Mun. de Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopí Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia
    If you happen to own an Emerald mine like Victor Carranza ("The King of Emeralds") does, one of the perks is that you get to "high-grade" the production. Sr. Carranzas' mine isn't just any Emerald mine, he happens to own the Muzo Mine in Colombia: source of some of the finest Emeralds on the planet. Now it turns out that in addition to producing 'normal' gem Emeralds, Muzo and two other local mines are the only source for a rare sub-category of Emerald called "Trapiche Emerald."

    "Trapiche" comes from the Spanish word for the roller used for crushing olives, sugar cane, or ore. Use of this particular term becomes understandable when a Trapiche Emerald crystal is viewed end on: black lines, like spokes of a wheel, radiate out from the central core of the crystal. These "spokes" are made up of carbon bearing inclusions equally spaced in an otherwise normal Emerald crystal. Good ones that show deep, even color along with transparency, are few and far between.

    Which explains why Sr. Carranza required quite a few years to assemble this unique set that was intended as a parure: featuring twenty-six Type II Trapiches cut en cabochon. Twenty-three of these stones are graduated and matched in size, making them perfect for a necklace. Of the remaining three, two constitute a matched pair suitable for earrings and the sizable remaining single stone can be either the central focus of a ring or brooch. Times change and Sr. Carranza decided to part with this most unusual assemblage of fine and exotic Emeralds. The rarity level of a set like this cannot be overstated. The Smithsonian has the fabulous "Spanish Inquisition Necklace" made up of exquisite Colombian Emeralds: they don't have a set like this one. This unique Trapiche parure has a total carat weight of 172.5 carats, the largest cabochon measures 17.1 x 13.6 mm, and they are all in excellent condition.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
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