I think a lot of the Herkimer diamonds you find outside of here (Herkimer Co., NY) in gem shops and such are the smaller, more characteristic very clear, double-terminated type. Those are great, but I think these are so much
more interesting and unusual. Look at that second photo up there--under that watery grey flat glassy cover there seems to be a whole rocky little world. I love that. I love the general blue-grey glimmer to the cloudier ones. And then there are miniature ones affixed to the sides of some like barnacles.
And even in snapping the shots I started lining them up in shapes that seemed to go together.
Not really, but I'm always finding animal shapes in everything. When I was very young, I used to set aside some of my popcorn pieces because they looked exactly like teeny little types of animals. I remember once my father unknowingly ate an entire circus show and he felt terrible.
I'm determined to start using some of these crystals--for some reason I've been holding onto them and that is kind of rare for me as I don't really hoard or save supplies.
I am not so informed about the qualities and dynamics of Herkimer diamonds, but here are a couple links: http://herkimercrystalsonline.com/ http://www.herkimerdiamond.com/mining.html
We've been to that diamond mine in the second link--great fun. They give you a little mallet pick axe deal and you just smash rocks like mad trying to find crystals inside. The rocks break right open sometimes and the crytals will pop right out. I never would have believed how it works.