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The Big Find

A Legend Continues

Online submissions have begun for The Big Find: A Legend Continues, a celebration and event commemorating the 50th anniversary of North America’s most significant gem tourmaline find.

In October of 1972, one of the largest and most significant gem tourmaline finds in North American history occurred in the quiet mountains of western Maine.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, the MMGM endeavors to showcase a collection of 12 original pieces of jewelry utilizing the stunning gemstones unearthed from The Big Find.

Twelve artists will be chosen from across the country to create and showcase a piece of jewelry combining the artist’s vision with exquisite tourmaline gemstones from The Big Find, which occurred from 1972-1974 at the Dunton Mine in Newry, Maine.

All pieces will be on display at the Museum, and proceeds from sales of the pieces will directly support the Museum and its mission.

Submission forms can be found



We’re looking for 12 jewelry artists to create original, stunning work with these special tourmalines! #artistcall #tourmalinejewelry #tourmaline

♬ Superstar – Beatrich