|Herkimer in rock cavity|
What is a Herkimer Diamond?
People can go mining for these gems, which is a fun way to spend a day. Herkimers were sought after by the Mohawk Indians and early settlers and became popular in jewelry around the mid-20th Century.
Are they brighter and clearer than other quartz crystals? Are they special?
Herkimer Diamonds (which are actually Herkimer Quartz) have surged in popularity recently. Lots of people like they idea of a natural gemstone that is easily mined (no "blood diamonds"!) right here in the U.S.
Someone is even fraudulently selling Herkimers online, describing them as follows:
"Faceted Herkimer diamonds are conflict-free quartz crystals and possesses a remarkably similar composition to diamonds. Herkimer are known to activate the release of energy blockages, enhance intuition and dreams, and raise energy levels."
But a Herkimer is a clear QUARTZ crystal, a common mineral made of silicon dioxide. A diamond is pure, crystalized carbon (the hardest mineral on earth). Their composition is not similar at all. They are certainly conflict-free, so at least they got that right.
|Faceted Quartz, touted as "Herkimer Diamonds"|
Consumers really should take a few minutes online and do a little research before purchasing any "faceted broken Herkimer Diamonds" or Herkimers that originate from anywhere other than New York, if you have your heart set on buying a Herkimer. Any faceted QUARTZ can be colorless and water clear and a beautiful substitute for a diamond! Adding the Herkimer name to the stone doesn't make it better. I'd be wary of any such "creative marketing". Remember, what makes a Herkimer different from all the rest of the quartz is that it is NATURALLY "faceted" and sparkling---courtesy of Mother Nature.