The gemstone gallery offers a large collection of gemstones and minerals with great diversity. The spectacular crown designed for the King of Finland, a replica of the Imperial State Crown of Great Britain, a replica of the lavish 647-diamond necklace of Marie Antoinette and much more. Definitely worth a visit and open throughout the year. The Gemstone Gallery celebrated its 30th year in 2016!
The gallery is situated in the old Customs Office of Kemi´s first harbor. The art noveau style building was designed by Architect Valter Thomé. It was built in 1912 and its facade is still mostly in its original state.
Local gemmologis Mr Teuvo Ypyä established the Gemstone Gallery in 1986 and the City of Kemi bought his collection in 1994. On the ground floor there are over 3000 stones from all around the world, from almost 60 different countries. There are rough stones as well as cut and polished ones; gems, jewels, ivory, pearls, amber and others. On the second floor there are imitations imitations of the world´s most famous diamonds and crown jewels from different European royal courts, and the genuine gilded silver Crown of the King of Finland.
The royal crown of Finland
Finland – a democracy nowadays – once had a king for a short time. The German Prince of Hesse, Friedrich Karl from was proclaimed to King of Finland in the year 1918. After couple of months the king surprisingly renounced the throne of Finland. Artist Eric O. Ehrström, a student of painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela, had drawn plans for a crown which were never materialed. 70 years later master goldsmith Teuvo Ypyä succeeded to find these original plans and fabricated a crown according to them. The first royal crown of Finland is made of silver-gilt, pearls and enamel.
Mon-Fri at 10-18
Other times on request
Children: 6€ (4-11y.)
under 4-year-olds for free