Surrounded by the Pyhä-Luosto National Park, the amethyst found on the Lampivaara fell was born two billion years ago, making it some of the oldest amethyst in the world. There are many stories in the area dating back to the 16th century, which state the presence of a large gemstone deposit nearby. “Not only are we the world’s northernmost amethyst mine, we’re also the only active amethyst mine in Europe,” says Timo Seppälä, managing director at Lampivaara Amethyst Mine. “What sets us apart is that we don’t use any machinery, chemicals or water pools at the mine.”