Light Peridot Color
Green Maine Tourmaline
& Diamond Necklace
Every once in a while nature plays with us. It does the same thing a hundred, a thousand times and then on the thousand and first time tosses in a new twist, a new color. In this case it’s a light lively yellow green, a peridot type color green, and yet a tourmaline. Alas, we have just one. Only one. I wish we had more. When I moved away from home my first apartment had a kitchen with walls painted this color, dark natural wood trim. The kitchen opened to a screened in porch with a hammock and chairs looking out over roof tops, Deering Oaks and the setting sun. It had a great view. I loved that apartment with its warm kitchen. This is a warm glowing Maine tourmaline and diamond pendant. Your reason to buy it is purely about color. If you have a sister and she wants one too she can’t have it because there is only one and it’s beautiful.
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.
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.