Trapiche Emerald Ring
Trapiche emeralds are a rare form of gemstone, found in the western belt of the Eastern Cordillera Basin in Colombia. They are defined by the six-pointed pattern of darker impurities within the stone, giving them the Spanish name, trapiche (meaning ‘sugar-mill’). This particular emerald has a bright-green colour and a clearly defined pattern making it an exceptional gemstone. The 11mm emerald is surrounded by 22ct gold and the 4mm shank is made out of a thick cast band of 18ct gold.
Ring size O, please get in touch regarding resizing
Emerald, the birthstone of May, carries the rich green colour of spring and radiates a beautiful vivid tone. They are considered to be a symbol of rebirth and love. It is also the gem that married people traditionally gift on their 55th wedding anniversary.
Charmian Harris was born in Bath, Somerset in 1953 and spent much of her early childhood in Nigeria, returning to England aged 9 when her family settled in Cambridge. She trained initially in ceramics at Cambridge School of Art, later specialising in ceramics at the West Surrey School of Art, Farnham.
Charmian works in different carats and colours of gold as well as silver, precious and semiprecious stones. Sometimes she works with sea glass and dichroic glass and also unusual pebbles from rivers and beaches. She often fuses the metal before use, giving it a texture and softness that she enjoys. She uses charcoal blocks to cast the shanks of rings and to make the solid gold and silver beads which she uses as components in necklaces. Charmian uses hand tools and very simple equipment. Each piece is individually made.
She cuts and shapes her own stones, when necessary, using a diamond saw and carborundum wheels. Her stones come from all over world…sometimes she travels to choose them herself, otherwise she buys them from collectors, dealers and, in the case of Australian Opals, from the miners themselves.
To look after your jewellery we recommend it must not be worn in the bath, shower or whilst swimming and we advise any perfume or hairspray is to be applied before putting on your jewellery to avoid contact with chemicals and cosmetics. Please remove your jewellery before engaging in practical activities such as sport.
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