Glossary of Stones

  • Herkimer Diamond

    Herkimer Diamond is a generic name for an 18 faceted (6 sides) double-terminated quartz crystal discovered in and around Herkimer County, New York. Mined in the Mohawk River Valley since the late 18th century, are slowly reaching a diminishing amount, but can be found in abundance in Tibet and Afghanistan. Amethyst Herkimer Diamonds have been found in Tanzania and Mexico; Herkimers with Rutile or Goethite have been found in Oaxaca, Mexico.

    True Herkimer Diamonds are not actual diamonds, but are known for their extreme clarity. They can also be found cloudy, smoky or even containing a variety of rare impurities. Impurities (rare and general) can include clusters, scepters, enhydro (containing fluid inclusions), phantoms and bridge crystals.

    While the Herkimer Diamond has all the attributes of any clear quartz crystal, it is known as an “attunement stone;” you can use it to attune with another person or a particular environment.

    The Herkimer Diamond is helpful for relieving tensions and physical stress. It has a soft and gentle energy that allows you to tap into yourself. The “you” that is larger than your daily self: your Higher-Self… your Inner-Self.

    Working with a Herkimer also gives you the distinct insight of how to start a project, start over, or discover a solution previously hidden from sight. It can also be used to attune yourself with a new client or situation by getting in touch with its energy before you start something new. Having a personal large Herkimer cluster in your home or office that is in attunement with a smaller pendant or pocket-piece will keep the program of attunement, healing, or relationship continually in action.

    The Herkimer Diamond will assist you in clearing the memory of fears and repressions from the past. You can create a very powerful crystal grid using four, six, eight, eleven or twelve Rose Quartz [tumbled, rough, or gallets] with one major center Herkimer Diamond or interspersed smaller Herkimers [four, eight, eleven or twelve]. One excellent grid is one of imprinting thoughts of love into a Herkimer cluster to infuse a personal environment with well-being or to grid the earth with love.