Also known as “Little Falls diamond” and “Middleville diamond” after its original discovery sites, herkimer “diamond” is a double terminated quartz that became popular after it was discovered by workmen inside of exposed dolostone outcrops in the 18th century. However, Mohawk Indians and early settlers held these crystals in high esteem long before this. Herkimer diamonds are theorized to form very slowly in vugs or small solution cavities. They can be smoky, colorless or exceptionally clear, or they may contain air bubbles, rainbow inclusions, or deposits of black carbon. Enhydro water inclusions have been found in a small percentage of herkimer diamonds. Other than New York, these crystals are found in Arizona, Ukraine, China, Afghanistan, and Norway. They are highly prized by mineral collectors and healers as well as for their use in jewelry.
In the metaphysical world, Herkimer diamonds are prized as the most powerful among all quartz crystals—especially by teachers of alternative therapies and spirituality. They are said to amplify spiritual energy and are regarded as “attunement” stones, attuning members of a group and linking them together even when they must physically be apart. They are believed to possess a kind of “crystal memory,” giving them the ability to retain information to be retrieved at a later date and be “programmed” with feelings of healing, love and well-being for others to draw upon. Herkimer diamonds are great meditation aids and are claimed to bring their companions to the highest vibration level possible while still remaining within the physical body. They are said to connect the physical and astral planes and facilitate astral travel. These stones are also often kept in the company of other smaller and/or softer energy stones where they are said to magnify their influence and make them behave as if they were much larger stones. Gridding the home and workplace with even included or cloudy Herkimer diamonds may clear the environment of radioactivity, electromagnetic pollution and geopathic stress. They also make a highly effective gem elixir or environmental spray. Employees or coworkers under its powerful influence may enjoy higher aspirations and assistance with their study and research, and the company as a whole may benefit in the form of stabilization of finances.
Herkimer diamond is well known for its alleged ability to fight pain. In fact, it has been claimed to reduce and then virtually eliminate pain in as little as three to four minutes, immediately after being laid upon the afflicted area of the body. It is also considered to be a powerful purifier and has been used by crystal healers to correct imbalances in metabolic rate, cellular disorders, and RNA/DNA. Additionally, it may prevent burnout and physical exhaustion, stimulate the body’s immune defenses, release rigidity and tension in the body tissues, correct eyesight and support the overall health and healing of the eyes, and more.