Satisfying the human desire for symmetry, trapiche gems have a special allure.(pronounced tra·PEE·che) with their “spokes” or “arms” of inclusions between gemmy mineral growth. Since the geological conditions necessary to create these gems are uncommon, trapiche gems are some of the rarest specimens on Earth.
Due to their fairly recent discovery and extreme rarity, relatively little information on these gems is available. Only minerals with a highly symmetric crystal habit are known to form the “spokes” or “arms” that define a trapiche gem. Additionally, all true trapiche gems contain inclusions of organic matter.
1.83 x 1.82" x .38" inches
Weight: 260 carats
A slice of a Quartz crystal which reveals, in the cross section, a six pointed star pattern, known as a Trapiche. The rays of the star have as end points the six corners of the crystal. The rays are quite transparent and clear with the surrounding regions being contrasting translucent and milky white in color.