• Vacuum Casting - a process that utilizes a vacuum pump to draw the liquid metal into a mold during casting.

  • Variety - a mineral species may have several varieties which differ from each other in appearance (e.g. ruby and sapphire are color varieties of the mineral species corundum).

  • Variolite - a variety of dark green orthoclase feldspar with light green orbicular inclusions.

  • Veils -  inclusions formed by concentrations of minute bubbles on a plane within a crystal.  Similar to, but less restricted in extent than, 'fingerprints'.

  • Vermeil (sounds like ver may) - sterling silver overlayed with a layer of gold by plating.