Green Maine Tourmaline
There is a wide range of green shades in Maine tourmaline, all of outstanding beauty and brilliance. In the 1800’s Maine was the preeminent world source for exquisite green tourmaline. Even today, the finest greens from Maine can go head-to-head with the best green tourmalines found anywhere in the world.
Tourmaline: A Maine Story, An American Gem
First discovered in 1820, subsequent finds over the years 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 historic 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.
Art & Colored Gemstones
If you fell in love with a painting from an artist and wanted to buy two, you could purchase prints and they would be identical. If you wanted two originals, the artist may accommodate your request, but there would be differences – brush-stroke, gesture, placement, or slight color variations.
When it comes to natural colored gemstones, we are limited by what nature has provided. Some colored gemstones, such as blue topaz and citrine, there is sufficient supply and you can get close to the concept of “prints” that you find in the art world.
When it comes to Maine tourmaline there are no “prints”. There is a limited supply of gems and each gemstone is a singular work of nature. Depending on a Maine tourmaline’s size, shape or color, there may not be another one like it.
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 have passed since the major 1972 tourmaline find in Newry, Maine. They found 3.5 million carats of tourmaline crystals there. Over the years, collected wisely, 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 quickly, 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 hoping 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, and 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 that 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.
Cross’s Maine Gem Museum Collection
In the art world after a great painting is completed it is always framed. The frame is the finishing touch. It enhances and focuses attention. We have selected from among our very finest Maine tourmaline the best color, cut and clarity… gems that simply glow. These we have surrounded with a gallery of pure white diamonds… to perfectly frame these great works of nature’s art. We call these works of gem art framed in diamonds Cross’s Museum Collection.
Follow our Museum Collection online for updates on new introductions every month. Almost every piece in our museum collection is one-of-a-kind. If you see one, you love it, and you want it, you should buy it now… for once it is gone, it is likely gone forever.