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PostPosted: Jul 18, 2013 17:26    Post subject: Maine tourmaline find a month ago.  

This video speaks for it self. Sure lets you get the feeling of an awesome find.






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PostPosted: Jul 18, 2013 23:58    Post subject: Re: Maine tourmaline find a month ago.  

Could you please give us the name of the locality and its township?
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PostPosted: Jul 19, 2013 02:01    Post subject: Re: Maine tourmaline find a month ago.  

Fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Jul 19, 2013 08:17    Post subject: Re: Maine tourmaline find a month ago.  

Mark, beats me. My guess is the owners/miners are limiting information about the site. I bet someone reading this knows. I know I would keep it under my hat. My hope is specimens from this find are preserved, note that Cross Jewelers seem to be "close" to the find. I did a quick look at Van King's great book, "Maine Feldspar, Families, and Feuds", and found no reference, no surprise.
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PostPosted: Jul 19, 2013 09:36    Post subject: Re: Maine tourmaline find a month ago.  

Although no person's faces were shown, my personal guess is the Havey Quarry in Poland. Another possibility is the "new" quarry just north west of the Mount Mica property, possibly the former Stearns Farm prospect or one just southeast of it. The imaged quarry is too big to be a prospect pit.

I agree that the local Maine people already know what quarry it is and who is involved.
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PostPosted: Jul 19, 2013 10:34    Post subject: Re: Maine tourmaline find a month ago.  

Great video an amazing experience. I would like to take them like this but I´m afraid this would have to be in my dreams ;-)

Thank´s for sharing Vic.

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PostPosted: Jul 19, 2013 14:22    Post subject: Re: Maine tourmaline find a month ago.  

supertxango wrote:
Great video an amazing experience. I would like to take them like this but I´m afraid this would have to be in my dreams ;-)

Thank´s for sharing Vic.

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I tell you Juan, we had the opportunity to scratch around at a tourmaline mine twice and found some very small high quality blue tourmalines. I am still dreaming of going back to that mine. Tourmaline remains one of the most fascinating mineral specimens to me. I am dreaming on that I can someday find a pocket like that myself.

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PostPosted: Jul 22, 2013 12:01    Post subject: Re: Maine tourmaline find a month ago.  

Pierre Joubert wrote:
supertxango wrote:
Great video an amazing experience. I would like to take them like this but I´m afraid this would have to be in my dreams ;-)

Thank´s for sharing Vic.

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I tell you Juan, we had the opportunity to scratch around at a tourmaline mine twice and found some very small high quality blue tourmalines. I am still dreaming of going back to that mine. Tourmaline remains one of the most fascinating mineral specimens to me. I am dreaming on that I can someday find a pocket like that myself.


Congratulations for your tourmaline experience. Hopefully we can make our dreams come true!

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PostPosted: Jul 30, 2013 07:34    Post subject: Re: Maine tourmaline find a month ago.  

That is a video shot at Mount Marie, near Streaked Mountain in Paris, Maine. Cross Jewelers gave it the name Sparhawk Tourmaline to obscure the source.

Dennis Durgin has been making some great finds of fancy-color tourmalines. Search on "Durgin's of Maine" to find his site and see photos.

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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2016 11:18    Post subject: Re: Maine tourmaline find a month ago.  

The Havey Mine. The Sparhawk was misdirection. I'd like to thank JM, mine owner, for the chance to collect the location on 8/28/16. Incredible opportunity to see the almost electric blue to green colors coming out of the enclosing pocket sand. I took three photo's all day and these are them. I had an immersive experience that somehow did not include my camera.


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Field of view 17 cm.
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Pale tourmaline in pocket sand made of tiny bits of rubellite and cleavelandite.
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 Dimensions: the botton of the colander is about 14 cm.
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PostPosted: Aug 31, 2016 17:55    Post subject: Re: Maine tourmaline find a month ago.  

Thanks Vic for following up this thread; looks as if you had a nice weekend! The tourmalines look great !
Do you remove them from the hard pocket mud like that or were they loose already?

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PostPosted: Aug 31, 2016 18:51    Post subject: Re: Maine tourmaline find a month ago.  

Mike, the sand is very compact and surrounds the crystals completely in this pocket. Each pocket is different, as shown in the film, sometimes the sand is loose and can be washed away. A cotter pin puller is the tool of choice. Kind of a ice pick with a 90˚ bend on the tip. It's used to good effect in loosening the harder sand. The sand, under the scope, is made up of tiny quartz crystals, broken and corroded rubellite, tiny elbaite bits and eroded cleavelandite compacted together. In this pocket, I would say, not one crystal came out in one piece. Some were terminated but all were broken. A brief discussion was had over re-assembly and some may be. The pocket contents were a real jumble as you can see in the "matrix" image. I was a guest so I did no work on this find, but I was taken to school.
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PostPosted: Aug 31, 2016 22:34    Post subject: Re: Maine tourmaline find a month ago.  

vic rzonca wrote:
This video speaks for it self. Sure lets you get the feeling of an awesome find.






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