|(Vayrynenite image found on thegemtrader.com)|
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Gemstone of the Week: Vayrynenite
Vayrynenite is another of those highly obscure, but gorgeous gemstones. It is among the most rare of collector's gems and tends to be pinkish-orange in colour. It is named for mineralogist and geologist Heikki Allan Vayrynen (1888-1956) a professor of mineralogy at Technical High School in Helsinki, Finland. Vayrynenite may be light pink to rose-red and is a hardness 5. Everything I have read, says it was first discovered in Finland in 1954. Today, Vayrynenite may be found in a few locations in: Finland, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the states of Maine and Wisconsin.