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Shine bright like a Diamond...

Let's take a pop quiz, gemstone fans: what sparkly gemstone was first collected in Herkimer County, NY?

You guessed it! Those dazzling rocks that used to be confused for diamonds were actually Herkimer Diamonds. These unique crystals are so clear and shiny, it's no surprise they got mistaken for the real deal. But, hold up! These beauties aren't your average diamond. They're actually a type of rare, double-terminated quartz crystal. So, don't let the name fool you; these gems are something to truly treasure.

Term... What?!

Not to be confused with The Terminator, the term terminated in crystal-speak means "a point with faces" kind of like a pyramid. To be double terminated means the gemstone has points at the top and the bottom. To find a crystal that has a natural double termination - as opposed to being cut that way - is quite rare, and is what makes these Herkimer Diamonds so very special. To paraphrase Beyoncé: They've just grown up like this!

An illustrated image of a mystical looking hand. The hand is wearing two rings and a plain bangle, and above the hand is an illustration of two faceted crystals, surrounded by little stars which symbolise magic.

Beyond the clarity and natural facets that make Herkimer Diamonds so aesthetically beautiful, these gems have more than just good looks going for them. With a hardness of 7.5 on the Mohs scale, they're so strong that they can even cut glass, making them ideal crystals to wear in everyday jewellery as they can handle all of life's little bumps and knocks.

Glow up

Some Herkimer Diamonds glow. Literally!

Hundreds of millions of years ago when Herkimers started forming, petroleum would sometimes get trapped inside the gemstones. It's these tiny pockets of petroleum that make the crystals to glow fluorescent under UV light or black light.

As we know, each and every crystal is unique and some may have an abundance of petroleum, and some may have little to none. So if you ever find yourself at an upscale rave (Do those exist? Hah!) or just getting your nails done, you can test to see if your Herkimers do that cool glowy thing! 😍

A herkimer diamond growing in sedimentary rock. Clear double pointed crystals that look like magical glass. These crystals have tiny bubbles of petroleum, which are giving them a blue-ish glow under the light which this photo was taken with.
Terminated Herkimers with glow bubbles

So now you know about the physical properties of this fascinating gemstone, but what makes Herkimer Diamonds so highly valued in the spiritual realm? Let's explore...

Spirituality Rocks!

Terrible pun aside, did you know that Herkimer Diamonds are known as Gemstones of Attunement? That's because these blingy beauties are like little cosmic powerhouses that can help you connect with your inner self. Think of them like a one-way ticket to your inner zen garden.

They are said to purify and amplify energy and enhance intuition, making them perfect for those who want to channel their inner mystic. And let's be real, who doesn't want to feel like a magical unicorn sometimes? 🦄 Plus, they're like a shot of espresso for your soul - energizing and uplifting.

A photo of an espresso coffee in a plain white ceramic cup, on a saucer with a teaspoon resting on the saucer. Two golden, flaky croissants are waiting to be devoured on a glass plate behind the coffee. A dragon plant in a speckled white and grey pot provides contrast and a fresh and funky vibe to this image. The coffee, pastry and plant are on a white table next to a window, which has strong daylight coming through, casting dramatic shadows of the plant across the table.
The Holy Trinity of C's: Crystals, Coffee and Croissants.

Linked to your Crown Chakra, they are also known to increase your psychic abilities and help you focus during meditation (no more mental shopping lists during your Ohms!). Plus, they're like a soulful GPS, guiding you towards your true path in life.

So, if you're feeling a little down in the dumps or just need a boost of good vibes, grab yourself a Herkimer diamond and let the magic begin!

Matters of the Zodiac...

All zodiac signs can benefit from the positive, happy vibes that Herkimer Diamonds bring, and anyone can harness their energy to boost their natural strengths.

These crystals are especially useful to April babies. Not only can they be used as April birthstones, they also symbolises the start of a new chapter in life. They provide the peaceful cool touch our April pals need to regulate any emotional overdrive.

If you're a Sagittarius, this sparkling gemstone is for you too! Sagittarians are known for their playful nature and high energy, but they can sometimes bite off more than they can chew. Luckily, the Herkimer Diamond can help balance those fiery tendencies.

Harnessing the Power

These enchanting stones are like the cheerleaders of the crystal world, bringing out the best in all their crystal friends. With their amplifying abilities, they can turn up the volume on the energy of other crystals, radiating positivity that you can soak up just by wearing them.

Our fave way to get our Herkimer Diamond fix? This stunning bracelet, keeping all that sparkle right by your side. Not to mention, it's the perfect placement for a quick glance whenever you need a mood boost!

What do you think about the spiritual vibes of this healing crystal? Are you itching to bask in its white light and ride those vibrational highs? Don't keep it to yourself, share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Bini xx

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