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Name: Sweetgrass

Style#: G4710

Precious Metal: 18K Yellow Gold

Gem: SparHawk Maine Tourmaline = 8.8×7.2mm antique cushion-cut with checkerboard top (2.39 carats)

 

Ring Sizing & Delivery Time – The majority of our rings are size 6.5 to start. Remarkably, this size fits 30% of all women. If you would like this ring made to a specific size, we generally ship within one week of your order. Click here to see how long we are currently taking to size a ring.

 

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After receiving your ring, if you find it needs additional adjustment, give us a call and we will mail you a special free set of ring sizers and a prepaid return label to send the ring back to us for final sizing. Read more about ring sizing.

 


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Sweetgrass SparHawk Maine Tourmaline Ring

Style #: G4710

Maine’s Sweet Grass
SparHawk Tourmaline Ring

I’ve told parts of this story before. I signed up and went on an archeological dig with the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine. It was a weeklong dig on private property at the head of Frenchman’s Bay. The property was on a peninsula that jutted out into the bay.

I had always wanted to participate in an archeological dig. This dig was led by a Maine State archaeologist. There was a broad field with the owner’s grey shingled house at the far end with the ocean on three sides. We diggers were 350 feet away in a location that previous expeditions had explored before.

When I arrived on Monday morning, there were 20 participants. Areas were marked off with strings. The areas were neat squares, I think 4 feet x 4 feet. Arthur, our archaeologist, explained to us the significance of the spot. It was a contact-era Wabanaki campsite and village about 500 years old and older. Evidence had been found previously that hinted at Maine native people and European contact. Our mission was to dig further and find more evidence.

The amateur archeologists proceeded carefully, working slowly down through the layers.
and Each plot had a recorder to note what was found, where, and at what level.

I was impressed with the precision and thoroughness of the excavation work. We were all volunteers but acted like professionals. Plots were marked off. Three people were assigned to each plot. We dug and feather-dusted our way down. We found hearthstones, shells, animal bones, several arrowheads, and most significantly, colored glass beads, proof of contact and trade with early Europeans.

It appeared our search was successful in establishing that there had been a real summer campsite and that our English ancestors had been there trading in beaver pelts and other things.

Sifting trays under tents in case of rain.

Wednesday of the week it rained, and we diggers worked at the Abbe Museum in their lab. At lunch, I went upstairs to view the museum. At the end of my tour, I visited their gift shop and bought a three-foot-long strand of woven sweetgrass. The following Monday, I brought the sweetgrass into Cross Jewelers and we began designing our first Sweet Grass ring. The design, with its hand-engraved strands, is beautiful.

Our favorite gem for this design is the new SparHawk mint-green-teal Maine tourmaline found in Maine’s western mountains. SparHawk is a native gem in Maine. The Sweetgrass ring is a Native American inspired design.

Sweetgrass
SparHawk Maine Tourmaline Ring

The SparHawk tourmaline gem find occurred at a lost tourmaline mine. The location was very successfully mined 100 years ago. They gave up on the location when they thought it was mined out. Then, nearly 100 years later, a young guy came along and bought the property. He thought he would create house lots. He had heard, though, that tourmaline had been mined there and decided before he started subdividing he’d take a look. He searched for several years, then opened a gem pocket that was so spectacular that if that was all he had found, the gem community would be still talking about it for decades to come. He continued mining, and as they say… the rest is history.

The SparHawk tourmaline mine is currently the most successful gem tourmaline mine in the world today. The cushion-cut SparHawk tourmaline looks spectacular in the Sweet Grass ring. A natural gem of Maine with a Native American weave pattern makes this a powerful American symbol.

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Ring Details

Name: Sweetgrass

Style#: G4710

Precious Metal: 18K Yellow Gold

Gem: SparHawk Maine Tourmaline = 8.8×7.2mm antique cushion-cut with checkerboard top (2.39 carats)

 

Ring Sizing & Delivery Time – The majority of our rings are size 6.5 to start. Remarkably, this size fits 30% of all women. If you would like this ring made to a specific size, we generally ship within one week of your order. Click here to see how long we are currently taking to size a ring.

 

When you checkout online, we provide a real-time expected delivery date. Because of the value, and that you must sign for the package, we will call or email you when we are ready to ship to ensure a smooth delivery.

 

If You Need the Ring Faster – simply select in the finger size selection box “No Sizing Yet,  Ship Right Away”. We will ship the ring in its present size. You will have your new ring in a few days, boxed, bowed and ready for presentation.

 

After receiving your ring, if you find it needs additional adjustment, give us a call and we will mail you a special free set of ring sizers and a prepaid return label to send the ring back to us for final sizing. Read more about ring sizing.

 

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Following are photos from the August
Archeological dig in Sorrento, Maine
at the head of Frenchman’s Bay.

The archeological dig in Sorrento at the Head of Frenchman’s Bay, August 2011 Sponsored by the Abbe Museum of Bar Harbor, Maine

The excavation area, 10 feet above the bay.

Marking off a plot.

A plot being worked about 10 inches down.

The sifting trays set up on A-frames.

Searching at the sorting tray.

Hearth stones in a circle and shell bits.

A fully intact arrowhead.

This was a tiny ax head. A kid’s ax I found on one of the sifting trays. The ax blade had been sanded so smooth, no one in our group believed it was real. The Wabanaki people had kids; just like our kids, they wanted toys imitating their parent’s tools.

Here is a nearly intact 500-year-old arrowhead just discovered.

Our group at lunch on the beach in front of our excavations. The Wabanaki people had good taste in choosing summer encampments.

Lunch on the beach with the digging crew.

House at the end of the peninsula. At the end of the week, after all excavations, each plot was refilled and the grass with roots returned. When everything was finished, the field was returned to its natural state.

The shoreline at the head of Frenchman’s Bay

Contemporary section of sweetgrass woven by Indigenous people

 

Gem Find of a Lifetime Video

World Famous Discoveries

 

Treasure Trove of Gems

I’ve always dreamed of a gem find like this. To have this mine be so close to home, just 28 miles north of our store in the mountains of western Maine, is amazing. Gems so fine, so pure, with colors so vivid. It’s important someone documents this historic gem find here in Maine, because it’s a history-making discovery in the world of gems.

The video above is 1:43. It gives you a good idea of the excitement we feel for the gems we are discovering here in Maine.

Maine has been world-famous for the tourmaline gems mined here for over 200 years. The geology in our western mountains has yielded a treasure trove of world class gems. Cross Jewelers has been the Maine state leader, bringing fine Maine tourmaline jewelry to all of America for over 100 years.

We have over 200 pieces of Maine tourmaline jewelry from both the SparHawk mine and other Maine mines.

Two options for deeper Maine gem mine understanding:

A.) The 32-page written story of the 2013 gem mining season at the SparHawk mine.

b.) A collection of gem mining videos at the SparHawk mine.

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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.

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