Symbol of a Place You Love
Lobster, yes, it would be almost a mythical creature like a puffin or moose if only a few people had seen one. And yet, the Lobster isn’t mythical. In the gulf of Maine, we have billions and billions of lobsters, and after you, an out-of-stater crosses the border into Maine, lobster shops, lobster kitchens and lobster shacks are everywhere along our coast. Our docks are lined with lobster boats, our harbors and bays are dotted with colored buoys, and a million lobster traps cover the ocean floor. Yes, we are Maine and Lobster is king.
One of the big eternal questions is claw or tail. This is like the question republican or democrat. People have strong feelings. It’s like the question of real butter or Parkay (margarine). Again strong feelings. Here is what we know, the claw, the lobster claw, is a powerful symbol of Maine and the gulf of Maine. It’s a symbol of a place many would love to live and, for some, a place to retire someday.
We have put this Lobster Claw symbol on steroids by adding an authentic Maine tourmaline. Tourmaline is another deep part of real Maine. It’s a gem mined 25-50 miles north of our Portland, Maine location. Maine tourmaline is 200 million years old. We call its legacy half of eternity. Maine tourmaline’s credentials trump the native Mainer claim, which may only be two or three generations.
A Maine tourmaline Lobster Claw Necklace is perhaps the single most powerful symbol of the state of Maine, and if you live in New Jersey, or New York, or Delaware, it’s a most powerful symbol of your connection to a place you truly love.
We make the Lobster Claw in gold, primarily with green Maine tourmaline and it’s a true classic.
Precious Metal: 14K Yellow Gold
Green Maine Tourmaline: 4mm Round
Measurement: 1″ (25mm) from top to bottom
Chain: 18″ 14K Yellow Gold
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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.
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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.