A Little More About Trapiche Emeralds

16.19ct Trapiche Emerald Set Many people ask us about trapiche emeralds and are curious about how they got their name. It’s not an English word and so the curiosity is understandable. Here we take a look at what the word means and how to pronounce it. It’s a very brief look however. If you’d like to learn even more about trapiche emeralds, I suggest you read our other trapiche blog that explains in detail, more about this unique type of emerald.

The word is Spanish and its use as a name for these rare emeralds comes from the unique spoked wheel appearance that is similar to a wheel used in the sugarcane milling process. Sugarcane is an important crop in Colombia and other parts of Latin America and so it’s plausible that an association was readily made by someone familiar with the trapiche wheel and the name quickly stuck.

Spanish speakers will have no problem pronouncing ‘Trapiche’ because it sounds just as it looks, but for those of us who are not familiar with Spanish pronunciation, it would sound like: trah-pee-chay. When used in English, ‘Trapiche’ is pronounced trah-peesh. Both are correct and you might find people that use both versions when speaking in English.

Embassy Emeralds has access to several trapiche emeralds in various sizes and qualities beyond what you see on our website. If you’re interested in acquiring one, please feel free to contact us today and we can start searching or send you pictures of others we have available to us.

Uncut Trapiche Emerald Trapiche Emerald Rough Non-Emerald Trapiche


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