Under the Sea
The book was in our family library. I never opened it, and if I did, it felt too daunting to read. The cover, however, fascinated me. I studied it hundreds of times, thought about how deep a league was and what the octopus really looked like through the big round window. Jules Verne didn’t pull me in, but the artist certainly caught the eye of the ten-year-old me.
Under the Sea
Fast forward sixty years, as I studied two of our Maine tourmaline pieces, I was transported back to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea when I flipped the tourmaline pieces over and saw the pattern of the structure on the back side. Suddenly, I was ten again and deep beneath the sea. I live next to the ocean now, and scan the surface to see if I can catch a lost whale or an errant sea monster from my spot on the shore. I’ve not caught one yet.
The women in our store will insist that I not say this but, the tourmaline is an oval “squid pink” gem like the squid as seen through the submarine window. It’s a nice 2.16 carat oval gem from the 1972 discovery on Plumbago Mountain in western Maine. It’s been 48 years since a major find of pink tourmaline has been found in Maine. Pink tourmaline’s rarity makes this piece a highly desirable treasure.
Maine Tourmaline, A Maine Story
An American Gem
First discovered in 1820 and in subsequent finds over the years, these early discoveries put Maine on the world map as a source for high-quality tourmaline gems. A major discovery in 1972 on Plumbago Mountain in Newry, Maine established Maine as a significant world source of fine tourmaline gemstones.
Cross recognized the historical significance of this find and began working closely with the miners of these magnificent gems. The close partnership continues today with the ongoing discoveries in Maine’s western mountains.
We go to Maine’s gem mines. We know the miners. We know the gem cutters. We guarantee our tourmaline to be from Maine and is 100% natural. Cross maintains the largest collection of fine Maine tourmaline jewelry in the world.
Window of Opportunity
Fifty years have passed since the major 1972 tourmaline find in Newry, Maine where they found 3.5 million carats of tourmaline crystals. Over the years we bought more than we sold knowing that gem finds don’t last forever. There are now colors, sizes, and shapes that are extremely rare and, in some cases, no longer available. If you see something you love it’s best to act quickly. There’s no guarantee another gem like this one exists.
Case in point: In 2007 there was a find of tourmaline in Newry, Maine called Eureka Blue. People loved the color. The gems sold quickly, but the find was small and the mining only lasted a few seasons. Within three years of the discovery, all the large Eureka gems had sold. We still get calls from people who are now ready to buy. What they want, however, simply no longer exists from that find in 2007.
Gem finds are rare, especially in North America. Maine tourmaline is a piece of Maine and American history, it’s a connection to a place we all love, an exquisite creation of nature. Today, there is a rare opportunity to own a bit of Maine/American pride and heritage, and history in choosing a piece of Maine tourmaline jewelry.