Ylämaa Gem Village

The Gem Village is located on Via Karelia (Vaalimaantie), 35 km south of Lappeenranta. The facilities include jewellers’ workshops, a gem museum and a restaurant. Try the delicious food, enjoy a cup of coffee, shop for amazing jewellery and visit the gem museum for a cultural experience. The little ones will be ready for more travel after a break at the playground or after searching for treasures in the museum’s gem sand box.

Information about the village

The Ylämaa International Gem and Mineral Show 7.-9.7.2023 Fri noon to 6 pm, Sat and Sun 10 am to 6 pm
You can learn about the world of gems and jewellery at the Show, as well as admire thousands of consumer items and works of art made from stone materials. The show is one of the leading events in the field, in the Nordic countries. There is a great number of exhibitors, from all over the world, at the show. The Gem Show is, first and foremost, a cornucopia of gems, jewellery and gemstone products, and the programme includes jewellery making demonstrations and other things from the world of gems. An annual children’s favourite is the jewellery treasure hunt, where, for a minimal fee, everyone is sure to find gems to take home. Furthermore, there are always surprises in store, at the show.

The Gem Museum

The Gem Museum leads you into the fascinating world of gemstones: you can see a collection of replicas of the most famous diamonds in the world, an optical gemstone, desert roses, sea jasper, a quarter-ton piece of rose quartz from Madagascar, different types of ore and 4,000 other specimens. Prehistoric fossils, corals and meteorites are also fascinating exhibits.
The crown of the spectacular exhibits of the museum is the Finnish national gemstone, spectrolite, that is found in areas just a few kilometres from the museum. Spectrolite is, at present, valued as the most beautiful labradorite in the world, and as a precious gemstone mineral, it has only been discovered in the Ylämaa area!
The floor of the Gem Museum is a stone exhibition all on its own! In the floor, you can see how the most beautiful and important decorative and outdoor stone materials, originating in Finland and from abroad, are used. You can explore the warm tones of a stone floor under your own two feet!
The museum also has a treasure sand stand, where you can search for real gemstones to take home with you.
Tour the exhibition with one of our museum guides! At the end of the tour, you can watch an amazing show at the exhibition of illuminating gemstones. You will find that you see the beautiful stones around you with new eyes, after your visit. The Gem Museum: +358 400 391 590.

Guide languages: Finnish, Swedish, English. Other languages can be arranged by prior booking, for example Russian.

Gemstone Tour

The Gemstone Tour lets you learn more about our national gemstone, spectrolite and you can pick pieces of the gem, at the mine, to take home with you. You can include a visit at the Joutsenkoski Mill or the historical Salpa Line in this tour.

More information: www.ylamaanjalokivimuseo.fi/en, bookings +358 40 039 1590

Opening hours

1.6. - 28.8.2023 from noon to 3 pm
Other times open on request, phone +358 400 391590 or esko.hamalainen@hotmail.com


Adults 4 €
Childrens 2 €, under 12 years of age: free of charge
Groups 2€ / person, min. 5 persons


Ylämaan jalokivimuseo
Kivikyläntie 19, 54410 Ylämaa