Herkimer Diamonds come only from one specific region near New York in the USA. We only buy from reputable sources, and this (along with our 20 years+ experience in buying, selling and working with crystals) means that ALL the specimens we sell are genuine Herkimers! BUYER BEWARE: you rarely find a cheap Herkimer, and we have seen many examples of fake or misnamed quartz online and in shops over the years, none of which will have the true Herkimer energy and clarity. It is worth remembering that in general Herkimer crystals are short and stubby, with a very bright quality.
In our shop we categorise and price every crystal according to its appearance and condition, and describe all other qualities as accurately and fully as possible. A graded specimens are of the best quality, defined by us 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.
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.
True Herkimer Diamond crystals tend to be stubby and double terminated: many 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.
In fact Herkimers are slightly harder on the Mohs scale than other Clear Quartz crystals (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.
This good sized A grade Herkimer Diamond crystal has one nearly perfect termination, and one that is slightly indented, showing where it became...
This small A grade Herkimer Diamond crystal has one nearly perfect termination, and one that is pitted, showing where it became detached from...
This small A grade Herkimer Diamond crystal has two terminations, one of which is in reasonable condition. The other has two tiny Herkimer crystals...
This small A grade Herkimer Diamond crystal has two terminations, both in reasonable / good condition. There are also a few superficial black...
This small A grade Herkimer Diamond crystal has two good terminations, and a nice clarity. There are also a few tiny seed crystals attached to one...
This small A grade Herkimer Diamond crystal has one very good termination, and one that is reasonable. There is a small amount of veiling to one end,...
This medium sized A grade Herkimer Diamond crystal has two clearly visible terminations: one has a very tiny chip that probably occurred during...
This small A grade Herkimer Diamond crystal has two terminations that are visible and in relatively good condition, one of which is an unusual chisel...
This good sized A grade Herkimer Diamond crystal has two terminations in good condition: one might appear to be damaged, but close inspection shows...
This small AA grade Herkimer Diamond crystal has very good terminations and a very good clarity. There is a second (slightly smaller) crystal growing...
This small AA grade Herkimer Diamond crystal has two terminations that are in very good condition. There are a few small internal fractures, and some...
This medium sized AA grade Herkimer Diamond crystal has one near-perfect termination and one that has suffered very minor damage during extraction,...
This medium sized AA grade Herkimer Diamond crystal has two very good terminations: one is nearly perfect, and the other has a small amount of very...
This good sized AAA grade Herkimer Diamond crystal has two nearly perfect terminations. One face shows some minor fracturing, along with some...
This medium sized AAA grade Herkimer Diamond crystal has two terminations that are in near perfect condition. One end has a key indentation and some...
This mid-sized Herkimer Diamond has one termination in perfect condition: the other one is near-perfect, and has an indent where another crystal was...
This good sized Herkimer Diamond crystal has imperfect terminations, due to extraction damage. Nonetheless it has a lovely clarity, exhibiting nice...
This good sized Herkimer Diamond crystal has one termination that is almost bisected by a deposit of dolomite; and one that is indented with a series...