If you're a "rock hound" like I am, the Tucson Gem show should definitely be on your Bucket List! It's a trip I look forward to every February, as it's a chance to meet up with old and new friends, and hunt down the most beautiful natural gem wonders that the world has to offer! This year, we actually found "Diamonds in the Rough" when we stopped by the Herkimer Diamonds booth at the show! We had a chance to visit with the owner of the Herkimer Diamond Mine, Dr. Renee Scialdo Shevat, and we were fascinated to learn all about these 500 million-year-old, natural beauties! Herkimer Quartz crystals are double terminated stones. They have points on each end and are mined in Herkimer County, New York. They form in pockets of the Cambrian-age host rock, called Little Falls Dolosite, and were deposited over half a billion years ago! They were first discovered by the Mohawk Indians and early American settlers, and have always been held in high esteem for their exceptional beauty and unique properties. Herkimer Quartz crystals are naturally formed in a diamond-shape and have eighteen natural facets. They come out of the stone pockets looking like cut diamonds, hence the name Herkimer diamonds!
Herkimer Quartz diamonds are said to have many metaphysical properties. In fact, some believe that these stones activate the "third eye" and enhance the dream state. Herkimer diamonds have been used for prayer and meditation for centuries. I have to admit – we were all mesmerized by these dreamy stones and loved hearing all the history and lore attached to them!
The most exciting news of all is that HSN is going to offer our first-ever Herkimer Today's Special on March 11th! Designer Deb Guyot has teamed up with the owners of the Herkimer Diamond Mines to bring us a onetime-only offer on Herkimer diamonds! We will feature a Herkimer diamond tennis necklace at the lowest price ever offered anywhere in the world! I can't tell you how excited we are! I hope you can tune in at midnight, as we're sure these beauties will sell out fast.
So, to all of my fellow rock collectors, diamond girls, gem lovers and jewelry mavens... mark your calendars for March 11th at midnight. Deb Guyot and I will have your Herkimer "Dream" Necklace waiting for you! Happy Trails, Colleen XO