Gemology: Gemstones Beginning With V...

When we embarked on this article we were surprised just how many minerals and gemstones beginning with V there are, the majority of which are considered very rare. Many are considered collectors' pieces only, and many, though beautiful to look at, are too soft and easily scratched for general jewellery wear. We think you'll agree there are some startlingly aesthetic gemstones here that anyone would be proud to have in their collection. Here we bring you Valencianite, Vanadinite, Variquoise, Variscite, Väyrynenite, Vesuvianite, Veszelyite, Veszelyite, Vivianite, and Volkonskoite

Valencianite

Valencianite is a member of the feldspar group of minerals, named for where it was first discovered in the Valeniciana Mine in Mexico. It was first noted in 1830, and has since been found in Japan, Europe, New Zealand, and America.

Valencianite is a milky white gemstone considered to be a regional variant of moonstone. In its raw form it is fibrous and 'thorny' but can be polished down into cabochon gemstones.

Valencianite

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Vanadinite

Vanadinite is a relatively soft and brittle crystal and beautiful shades of orange-red-brown, forming in neat hexagon structures. Its brittle nature makes it unsuitable for jewellery use, but it's nevertheless a popular gemstone amongst collectors.