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SparHawk Maine Tourmaline Discovery


Ice Cream Sundae Tourmaline Puddle Pocket


It’s a small opening in the rock, just enough room for a hand to slip in. This pocket is filled with water, a puddle pocket. I sat at the edge of this pocket watching four guys taking turns reaching in and pulling handfuls of green crystals one after the another.

I said, “This is quite impressive. This is what I’ve always imagined gem mining would be like.” They all has a good laugh.

A while later, I took a turn. What I experienced surprised me. The best way to describe it was like reaching into a huge half-melted vanilla ice cream sundae. Following my turn, this is what I wrote:

“The opening is small, just barely big enough for a hand to fit. The edges of the opening are sharp, lined with small tourmaline crystals. The gray, chalky colored water was cool, comfortable. Reaching down and in halfway to my elbow, I can feel the talc-like smooth white clay. I can feel the crystals, all shapes and sizes embedded helter-skelter in the slippery white clay. I can feel the long smooth angularity of the lade-like crystals. I can feel the flat terminations and pointy terminations. Moving my hand around I can feel the clay dissolve and crystals drop in my hand. Pulling my hand to the surface, water and clay spill away and there, in first light, are green tourmaline, some with rose colored tips.”

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