Are Herkimer Diamonds really diamonds you ask?
These mysterious, geological wonders have captured the fascination of crystal enthusiasts and seekers of spiritual balance alike. In this BLOG we'll delve into the world of Herkimer Diamonds, unveiling their origin, properties and the intriguing lore that surrounds these remarkable gems.
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WHAT IS A HERKIMER DIAMOND?
Herkimer Diamonds are not actually a diamond at all, but in fact a type of double terminated quartz crystal. Although they are not true diamonds, they earned the name due to their natural faceting, diamond-like shape and clarity. Unlike traditional diamonds, Herkimer Diamonds are composed of silicone dioxide, the same mineral as clear quartz crystals. Although double terminated quartz crystals can be found in many other areas, only those sourced from Herkimer County in New York can be labelled as “Herkimer Diamonds.”
WHERE ARE HERKIMER DIAMONDS FOUND?
Herkimer Diamonds are found in Herkimer County, New York, USA. Herkimer County is the primary source and most famous locality for these double terminated quartz crystals. Forming over 500 million years ago, Herkimer Diamonds can be found in pockets within the dolostone, a type of sedimentary rock found in the region. This long process allowed them to grow with unparalleled clarity and transparency, often compared to the brilliance of traditional diamonds. The area is frequently visited by fossickers in search of Herkimer Diamonds, which have risen to popularity and become highly prized by collectors and enthusiasts.
WHAT ARE THE HEALING PROPERTIES OF A HERKIMER DIAMOND?
In addition to their unique, natural double terminated point and clarity, they are also believed to possess metaphysical and healing properties. While many crystal healers believe the benefits of crystal healing, its important to note it is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions regarding a physical or mental health condition.
Here are some of the prominent healing properties of Herkimer Diamonds:
- Amplification: Herkimer Diamonds are thought to be the most powerful of all quartz crystals. They are believed to amplify the energy of other stones and crystals, making them useful for crystal grids or in addition with other healing crystals.
- Clarity And Insight: They are thought to enhance clarity of thought and provide insight into ones life, helping with decision-making and problem-solving.
- Spiritual Connection: Herkimer Diamonds are believed to facilitate spiritual growth and also enhance meditation and psychic abilities.
- Stress Reduction: It is said they are effective in reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety by promoting a sense of calm and tranquillity.
- Dream Enhancement: It is thought by some individuals that by placing a Herkimer Diamond underneath you pillow, it is believed to enhance dream recall and promote lucid dreaming.
To delve into the potential healing properties of Herkimer Diamonds, it is often worn in jewellery pieces, carried along in pockets or bags, or used throughout meditation practice.
HOW TO CARE FOR HERKIMER DIAMONDS
Herkimer Diamonds have a MOHS hardness rating of approximately 7. Being a member of the Quartz family, this means that it is relatively hard and durable. This makes them suitable for use in jewellery, however they can still be scratched by other harder materials such as topaz and sapphires. Both of these materials are harder and score higher on the MOHS hardness scale.
Despite being relatively durable, through everyday use, Herkimer Diamonds can collect dust and oils from handling. A quick wipe over with a lint-free cloth can remove any residue. Alternatively they can be cleaned with some luke warm water and some mild soap. Herkimer Diamonds can also be sensitive to extreme temperature changes. Extra care should be taken to ensure that your Herkimer Diamond is kept out of direct sunlight for extended periods of time. Additionally, avoid sudden temperature changes, such as going from extreme cold, to extreme heat as it can cause the crystals to crack.
Although they are above the minimum recommendation for submerging in water, I personally would advise putting any crystals in water and instead choosing an alternative method.
WHERE TO BUY HERKIMER DIAMONDS?
Celestial Stones offers a variety of Herkimer Diamonds through our online store sourced directly from Herkimer County in New York.