Direct from the source here in NY
Welcome to the Largest online collection of Herkimer Diamond Quartz Crystals - Direct from the Source here in NY & the most competitive pricing available.Herkimer Diamonds are a Quartz crystal variation that are found only in the foothills within and just outside of Herkimer County, NY, USA, i.e. The Herkimer Name they are known world wide for. These are some of the most optical clear & lustrous crystals in the world. Herkimers formed approx. 450 - 500 Million Years ago in small pockets of dolostone / dolomite Limestone and bedrock, the 3rd hardest rock in the world. Most mining is done by hand, a very painstaking process. Machines & power tools can be used to remove over burden and to open pockets.Herkimer Diamonds are one of the most valuable and clearest of all quartz and are sought the world over by collectors, jewelers and for their Metaphysical properties
These amazing crystals get their nickname "diamond" quartz because they are similiar in shape and clarity and sparkle to real diamonds upon first look. Herkimer Diamond Quartz naturally form with 18 facets and are double terminated (points at both ends). They have a hardness of 7.5 on the Mohs scale of Hardness, with 10 being the Hardest (real diamonds), slightly harder than normal quartz at 7. The smaller "Gems" can be flawless in clarity that have no Rival in the quartz world, they begin to have inclusions over 1/2" in size. They can grow large up to 12" or so but most are in the smaller sizes up to 4" range. All though Locations in Fonda & similar locations are producing larger Herks 6"+ in size.
A / A+ & AA Grade Crystals account for less than 3% of all the crystals mined, They are not abundant at all in mass quantity. Herkimer Diamonds are known as the stone of "attunement" for Reiki and other Energy healing & Metaphysical practices. They are also said to be stones of InnerVision, and are useful in Dream work, Energy work and meditation. It is said metaphysically that When put between any two chakras they will help align and attune the energy of those chakras.