A Legend Continues

The Week That Changed Everything…

In October 1972, near the top of Plumbago Mountain in Newry, George Hartman, Dean McCrillis, Dale Sweatt, and contract miner Frank Perham unearthed North America’s most magnificent single discovery of gem-quality tourmaline crystals–more than a ton in all.

The discovery sent shockwaves through Maine and around the mineral world. Never had such a large quantity of world-class tourmaline gem rough been found in a single locality in North America.

A Legend Continues…

The Big Reveal – October 8th, 2022

Twelve artists have been selected and are working to create a master collection using stones from the historic gem tourmaline find. This event will be the first public display of these unique pieces, and proceeds will support the museum’s mission.

Grand Summit Hotel, 97 Summit Road, Newry, ME

A runway extravaganza to showcase this stunning jewelry collection.

Tickets on sale now!

*VIPs receive access to the VIP Lounge, a first look experience, and more; only 50 VIP tickets are available.*

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Meet The Artists

The Big Twelve artists, those selected to create a master jewelry collection featuring extraordinary tourmaline gemstones from The Big Find 1972-1974.

Top: Paula Crevoshay, Stephen & Tamberlaine Zeh, Nick Noyes, Derek Katzenbach

Middle: Matt & Lauren Tuggle, Matt Fischer, Naomi Sarna, Steven Manchini

Bottom: Andy Lucas, Erik Stewart, Gerardo Gonzalez, Patricia Daunis-Dunning


To learn about the week everything changed click here.

Or check out our entire video archive HERE.



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