Upstate NY. When I say upstate to a person from NYC, they have visions of Albany. Hmmm, this state is much bigger though. Nestled near the Adirondacks, on your way to Syracuse is the sleepy little village of Herkimer. Located, where else Herkimer, County.
This is just like many of other little places you might pass on the thruway, minus one thing. It is home to the famous Herkimer Diamond Mine. Ever heard of a Herkimer Diamond? No? No, worries reader I will tell you.
Herkimer diamonds are not actually diamonds, but are double-terminated quartz crystals of exceptional clarity (water-clear) .They are naturally "faceted", clear and come out of the ground looking like a diamond.
The coolest part for me is that you can go there and mine your own. They have a site and places to stay, camping style. When you get there you are given a pan, a chisel, and a hammer. They show you the spot in the rocks to mine, it costs 12.00 dollars to get your shot at finding these lovelies.
Last time I went there I went after a rainstorm. It was amazing, as everyone was looking for that big huge diamond, we dream about. I however, spent a good hour picking the small perfectly formed diamonds off the ground that had been overlooked. It was like finding hidden treasure.
Herkimer diamonds have some pretty great properties metaphysically. Here is a brief list.
-Herkimer Diamonds are ascension stones, and they will take you to the highest spiritual vibration possible while still being in your physical body.
-strong stones to aid astral travel
-high vibration crystals, that boost clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities.
-draw angelic beings and higher spirit guides to them
-powerful stones to open the higher chakras
-Herkimer Diamonds are the most powerful of all Quartz crystals, and manifest pure, solid Light and are powerful amplifiers of spiritual energy
-Herkimer crystal is also a valuable asset in its ability magnify the influence of other stones.