The All American Herkimer Diamonds

Herkimer diamonds, a gemstone found only in Herkimer County, New York, carry with them a rich history and a captivating allure. Named after their place of origin, these quartz crystals boast a unique double-terminated structure, with naturally occurring points, or faces on both ends.

Are Herkimer Diamonds Real Diamonds?

No, Herkimers are actually a type of very clear quartz crystal. Because of their clarity, they closely resemble real diamonds, but they are, in fact, double-terminated quartz crystals found only in Herkimer County, NY. Other types of double-terminated quartz crystal can be found in locations around the world, but in order to be called “Herkimer Diamonds” or “Herkimer Quartz” they must originate from Herkimer, NY.

Exploring the Legacy and Symbolism of the Herkimer

Historically, Herkimer diamonds held great significance among the Mohawk people, who revered them for their beauty and mystical properties. These crystals were fashioned into amulets and jewelry, serving as symbols of protection and prosperity. However, with the arrival of European influence, their popularity waned, only to be rediscovered and celebrated in modern times.

Crafting the Essence of Herkimer Diamonds

I recently came across some beautiful Herkimer diamonds while at a gem and jewelry show. When I saw them, I just knew I had to buy and few!  Herkimers are a beautiful clear quartz that just catches the light, but each is a slightly different shape and in the shape in which Mother Nature created them!

I knew they’d contrast beautifully with some black, vegetable-tanned leather and be complemented by some grey raw diamonds, but even in my wildest dreams, I had no idea how totally cool these earrings would be with their blend of rugged gemstones and leather, + they're topped with sparkling and glamorous lever back earwires set with tiny pave diamonds. They are so different from any other pair of diamond earrings I’ve ever seen and just absolutely stunning! They have a rocker chick vibe that I’m all about and I hope you love them too! Pick up your pair of one-of-a-kind, made in America earrings today!

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