Ancient Egyptian Scarab, Apple Green Maine Tourmaline & Blue Sapphire Necklace - Cross Jewelers
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Necklace Details

Name: Ancient Egyptian Scarab Necklace

Style#: G4649

Precious Metal: 14K Yellow & White Gold

Gem: Apple Green Maine Tourmaline = 10.63 carats (14.4×11.3mm oval cabochon with engraved scarab pattern)

Gems: 4 Blue Sapphires = .49 carat total weight (3mm round)

Chain: 18″ 14K Yellow Gold

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Ancient Egyptian Scarab, Apple Green Maine Tourmaline & Blue Sapphire Necklace

Style #: G4649

This Maine Tourmaline Scarab necklace is something that is almost impossible because no one today would ever cut a tourmaline gem like this. When Maine tourmaline was first formed 200-300 million years ago, crystals grew in Maine’s western mountains. In 1972, on Plumbago Mountain in Newry, Maine, two metric tons of tourmaline in pink and green colors were discovered. So much was found that in the beginning, the miners did some things that, a half-century later, everyone would agree, were simply silly. Decisions were made like this suite of big scarab cut tourmalines which were cut in Germany. Gems were cut, and then our gem dealer couldn’t find a home for them. Our gem guy made us a deal, and we bought them all.

The Suite of Scarabs Cut in 1975

Today, everyone would agree that the crystals that were used to cut this collection were simply too fine to have done such a thing. Today, looking back, all of us would have chosen to cut traditional faceted gems. Yet, the scarabs were cut, and in the 1970s, Cross bought the entire suite of gems and simply put the collection away.

We were recently looking through our archive of gems and found this almost impossible group. We decided to begin to bring the collection forward to the world and make some pieces of jewelry that truly are almost impossible.

Ancient Egyptian Scarab,
Apple Green Maine Tourmaline
& Blue Sapphire Necklace

This first piece is a rare apple green tourmaline cut with an ancient Egyptian pattern known as a scarab. Apple Green gems from this 1972 find are virtually non-existent today. This is a big gem at over 10 carats, making it super rare. Then, we at Cross did something simply fun; we put four blue sapphires north, south, east, and west like compass points and made it as a necklace.

Could we do this apple green color and make this size ever again? The simple answer is no! Every scarab is a different size and slightly different color. So much of what we’re doing these days with the gems from this historic gem find are exotic, rare, unique one-of-a-kind pieces. This tourmaline scarab with its blue sapphires is an extra special piece.

Apple Green Tourmaline Story
Why We Think This is Such an
Amazing Piece of Jewelry

About 30 years ago, apple green tourmaline from the original find ran out. This gem is apple green and was cut in Germany in 1975. The gem is a scarab pattern. It’s big, over 10 carats, and very clear. We had put this and eleven other gems away in our archival vault and only recently removed this gem to mount in this necklace design.

This is a rare opportunity to possess a big gem from this historic gem discovery on Plumbago Mountain. I know when I talked with the Maine gem miner who sold us these gems, he said, “These gems would never be cut today.” He said, “The crystals were simply too fine.”

We agreed and now have chosen to set this one scarab simply with four blue sapphires. We don’t have to say rare, but we will; it’s a rare, choice gem. It’s a collector’s item. And you’ll have fun wearing it. I am envious of you. This is a great piece. We will be making other scarab pieces. This will be one of the lower-priced pieces. This is a choice, rare necklace.

Cleopatra Would Have Loved
This Creation

Cleopatra would have been dazzled…a big green glowing gem with this Egyptian scarab engraved and four brilliant blue sapphires. With its 18-inch 14K yellow gold chain, no one in her time had

 

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Necklace Details

Name: Ancient Egyptian Scarab Necklace

Style#: G4649

Precious Metal: 14K Yellow & White Gold

Gem: Apple Green Maine Tourmaline = 10.63 carats (14.4×11.3mm oval cabochon with engraved scarab pattern)

Gems: 4 Blue Sapphires = .49 carat total weight (3mm round)

Chain: 18″ 14K Yellow Gold

This necklace has sold.

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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.

100% Natural

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.

Real Pricing
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 with confidence.

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Orders Over $1,000 – Ship Free by your choice of FedEx Overnight or US Post Office Express. A signature is required on delivery.

Orders Under $1,000– Ship Free by your choice of 2-Day FedEx or US Post Office Priority Mail. No signature required.

30-Day Returns/Exchanges

We design, craft, and create really nice jewelry with amazing gems. Our guarantee, she’ll love your gift. If for any reason she doesn’t… you know you’ve got 30-days for a refund or exchange.

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