Thursday, August 30, 2012

Gemstone of the Week: Vayrynenite

(Vayrynenite image found on

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.