I'll never forget the moment I wore my first trapiche emerald: it was at the beautiful West Village penthouse space that houses the AGTA Spectrum Awards viewing. A perfect sunset was taking shape over the Hudson river, a glass of champagne was in one hand, and the most glorious K. Brunini included diamond ring flanked by two trapiche emeralds was on my ring finger. And it fit perfectly. (Cue the angels singing. For real.) This was not lust, friends – it was a full-blown love affair. Can you really blame me?
As a May baby (I HAVE THE SAME BIRTHDAY AS STEVIE NICKS, TAKE THAT MEAGHAN!), I have always loved emeralds. Affording them was a different story. And then I went to work for Gemfields, the world's leading producer of responsibly-sourced emeralds, and well, I became a bit, shall we say, obsessed.
But even though I had gorgeous green Zambian specimens up the wazoo, my mind always returned to that trapiche emerald ring by my friend Katey Brunini. What made it so special? Was it that crazy included diamond that was the farthest thing from a D-flawless? Was it the rich rose gold setting? Well, truth be told, it was all that, but I was particularly enamored with the nearly opaque, dark green side stones with the unusual six-point "stars".
Being relatively schooled in stones like star sapphires, I soon found out that trapiche emeralds do not form from that same process of "asterism", but instead are created during a beryl crystal’s growth. Here's how it happens: black carbon impurities fill in at the emerald crystal junction, which leads to a radial pattern with a six-pointed star effect. Sounds simple, right? Although the process is natural, it's exceedingly rare, and therefore, I wanted it.
Although I do finally own some beautiful emeralds among my jewelry collection, I still don't own a trapiche. And that, people, is a low-down dirty shame. Want to indulge in some window shopping with me? Read on for wish-list worthy pieces that I'm currently coveting.
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