This 4” piece of watermelon tourmaline was found at the Dunton Quarry on Plumbago Mountain in Newry, ME in Oxford County, about 33 miles east of Berlin NH and 80 miles northwest of Portland. Tourmaline was first discovered in Maine in 1821, the same year it became the 23rd U.S. state. The watermelon variety, named by George Robeley Howe of Norway, ME because of its green exterior “rind” and its pink or red interior, was first found in 1902 in Newry. Today, a few fee mining sites are still open in Maine and for a small fee to enter, searchers may keep any gems and minerals that they find.
Location: W1, second shelf, top left corner