Herkimer Diamonds come only from one specific region near New York in the USA. Similar double terminated formations are found in other areas of the world, but only these have the true Herkimer energy and clarity. Although a formation of clear quartz, they are slightly harder on the Mohs scale (7.5 rather than 7): this means that in general they have a very fine clarity, although it is also possible to find smoky Herkimers, their colour being the result of disseminated anthraxolite (a coal-black mineral). Some may also be slightly coloured yellow by iron or mineral oil materials, and may exhibit other inclusions such as water, pyrite, dolomite or anthraxolite crystals within or on their surface.
True Herkimer Diamond crystals are stubby and double terminated and often grow in branching clusters, which means that their surface may exhibit indentations, keys or natural damage where they have separated from their clusters or from groundmass during the extraction process. This does not affect their energies, nor does any splitting or fracturing of the crystals - but will mean that they might not function quite like a fully double terminated specimen.
From a metaphysical point of view Herkimers are one of the best holders and carriers of full spectrum Light, and can powerfully recharge a depleted energy system . They are also very efficient cleansers of negativity, and will offer clarity in all thinking and reasoning processes.
Those specimens graded A are of the best quality. Every crystal is priced according to its appearance and condition, and is described as accurately and fully as possible.
A GRADED CRYSTALS are categorised by us, and are defined as follows:
AAA = the main (normally two) terminations are in perfect or near-perfect condition; and the quartz has an excellent clarity
AA = the main (normally two) terminations are in very good condition; and the quartz has a good to very good clarity
A = the main (normally two) terminations are in relatively good condition; and the quartz has a good clarity
Many Herkimer Diamonds may not appear to be absolutely perfect, but this is because they often grow in clusters and so as a consequence may exhibit indentations (keys) or attachments (seed crystals) when they become separated during extraction: this is perfectly normal. Any non-naturally occuring blemishes will be mentioned in the item's description. Additionally some Herkimers may exhibit black or golden-yellow inclusions, or be slightly more cloudy, milky or smoky than others: regardless of this, and regardless of condition, all true Herkimer Diamonds will be harder, brighter and more powerful than most other forms of Quartz.