A pair of Elbaite specimens from the now famed Newry Mine of Maine. One is a small thumbnail the other a miniature. These come from the collection of John Marshall, who was one of the investors in what later became one of the greatest mineral finds of all time. These two pieces date to before that big strike. The set includes a matrix specimen with a gemmy Elbaite and crystals of Lepidolite on a blocky Albite crystal. The second specimen is a gemmy bi-colored Elbaite that is very clear and lustrous. The single crystal is not terminated but shows on one end a "nodule" or ball like mass which were noted at this locale as the most desirable gem grade. The matrix specimen has John's hand-printed collection number on one side. This material is quite unlike the later finds but which was an encouraging sign of the potential in the quarry at that time.
A classic form from a now classic find. The steep termination of this Tourmaline and the blue-green color is a textbook type for the Newry "big pocket". Nearly all gem grade, sharp and clear with a slight touch of color zoning. While huge amounts were found in this big strike close to 50 years ago, most was cut for gem stock. This large thumbnail has a few tiny crystals of Lepidolite on one edge. Some tiny rough areas as seen in the photos but for the locality this is in very fine condition.