Lynda and Bill have hit another milestone in their careers as jewelers - their 1000th piece of tourmaline jewelry! Maine gemstones have always been a prominent feature in their jewelry, so of course they often use Maine's state gemstone: tourmaline.
Us Mainers are lucky to have such an interesting stone as our state gem. Tourmaline comes in a variety of colors, including blue, green, red, pink, and yellow. It is mined all over the world, from Asia to South America, but it is not all of gem quality. Some varieties even have magnetic properties.
Tourmaline was first discovered in the U.S. in Maine in 1882. By the early 1900s, Maine and California were the world's top producers of gemstone tourmaline. The Empress of China even wore United State's tourmaline! While it comes in a range of colors, Maine is known for mostly green and pink, especially when it is discovered as a bicolor crystal, famously known as "watermelon tourmaline".
This beautiful gemstone is a mainstay of Harvest Gold's jewelry collection. Celebrate the 1000th piece of tourmaline jewelry by stopping in to see what is currently available! As always, Lynda is happy to help you design a custom piece to suit your taste. Take home a piece of Maine!