A Gem Lover’s Dream: Rare Vintage Tourmaline Beads

May 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Indicolite Blue Tourmaline BeadsIt’s not often we get weak kneed over gemstones, but every once in a while something truly extraordinary comes along and makes our collective pulses race. In this case it’s very rare colored blue-green tourmaline beads, known in the gem world as indicolite, mined over thirty years ago in Maine.  The Mt. Mica mine was founded in 1821, making it the oldest mine in the United States. It produced very little of this color, which means to have two matched strands is even more rare. These two strands were discovered in a safe that had been locked away for over twenty years. They are still strung on the original thread with their original clasps in tact.

Pink Tourmaline BeadsThese incredible pink tourmalines, also American mined from the Mt. Mica Mine, are another rare find. Most pink tourmaline has dark spots, or inclusions, but this strand is completely clean. These stones are consistently bright pink, beautifully polished and sparkling.  They are also remain on the original thread with their original clasps in tact.

Indicolite & Pink Tourmaline BeadsWe are looking for the right home for these very special finds. If you are swooning like we are, come see them in person because the photos do not do them justice. We will restring them and customize the clasps for you.

 

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