My first home was a cottage by the sea. I was born March 28, 1949. We moved in for the summer seven weeks after I was born and stayed the summer and into the fall.
Out front was a white sand beach, and the open blue Atlantic. If you sailed in a straight line south you’d hit the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. Out back we had a 16 foot sailboat on a tidal river and a ten acre saltwater marsh. The marsh grass was green all summer and turned yellow in the fall. On three sides of our cottage we had sand dunes higher than a 7 year old, with beach grass that grew naturally. This was so long ago there were no signs that said, “Keep Off the Sand Dunes” to prevent erosion.
As a new baby, I listened to the call of sea gulls and tried to eat beach sand. Life at the beach was good. At one year old I had two loving parents, a beach, a boat and the entire Atlantic Ocean at my front door.
The Call of the Gull
We come to the beach and the family cottage on June 1st every year.
On one of my first overnights, I remember waking to full sun and a dew-laden bike and car. Everything was wet with beaded dew and there on the car was a clear sandy set of gull prints across the roof. Later, following the sand path to the beach, the breakfast club of fifty to sixty herring gulls was assembled on a stretch of white sand, some sitting, most standing.
The tide was high, waves coming ashore as I came to the end of the path. I know I am their threat. I can hear their primal calls. I can hear their guttural staccato, and the long, drawn out single notes. I feel the sound in my chest and forearms. When they see me, the sitters get up. They walk. They look over their shoulders, look once, keep walking, look twice and keep walking. Then one takes flight, then three. Then seven are scooting, and then a hundred wings are flashing gray and white in the early morning light.
A Maine Story
An American Gem
First discovered in 1820 and subsequent finds over the years, it 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 cemented 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’ve been to the mines. We know the miners. We know the gem cutters. We guarantee our tourmaline to be from Maine and 100% natural. Cross maintains the largest collection of fine Maine tourmaline jewelry in the world.
Window of Opportunity
Nearly fifty years has 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 like it 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 quick, but the find was small and the mining only lasted a few seasons. By 2013 all the large Eureka gems had sold. We still get calls from people who are now ready to buy. What they want, however, simply does not exist.
Gem finds are rare, especially in North America. Maine tourmaline is a piece of Maine and American history, it’s a connection to place, an exquisite creation of nature. Today, there is a rare opportunity to own a bit of Maine/American pride and heritage, in choosing a piece of Maine tourmaline jewelry.
Shop with Confidence
Since 1908, Cross Jewelers has maintained a guiding philosophy of our founder William Cross to use the very best gems and precious metals in order to create fine well-made jewelry. William also believed in putting the best most conservative price on everything he created. We continue that tradition today.
Providing the markets remain stable, the price you see today is the price you’ll see next week or next month. In over 100 years we’ve never had a sale. All our prices are real so you can shop online or in our store with confidence.
The Most Significant Find of Tourmaline
Anywhere in the World is Happening in Maine
One of Maine’s most famous tourmaline mines laid fallow for nearly 100 years, then a young guy came along with faith and vision, bought the property, and began exploring for gems again, and as they say, “The rest is history”.
We are pleased to report the old gem mine is now producing SparHawk Mint Green Teal Tourmaline – the world’s newest tourmaline find and at the moment the most important tourmaline discovery in the world.
SparHawk Mint Green Teal Tourmaline is a rare color of green, the result of a unique chemistry of the rock in this part of Maine. This chemistry has created the brightest, most brilliant gemmy green tourmaline we’ve ever had the privilege to offer.
Since this new discovery, we’ve created an amazing collection of SparHawk tourmaline jewelry. This is an exciting time in Maine history. We show many of our SparHawk pieces of jewelry online. To see our complete SparHawk tourmaline collection visit our store in Portland, Maine.
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And on all Christmas purchases, returns and exchanges are accepted through January 25th.