There is a storm outside as I write, so I will keep this short and sweet.
Herkimer diamonds are beautiful. Paying several hundred for a quality specimen sounds like a bargain for a diamond. But, please do not let the name fool you. A simple google search will reveal these ‘diamonds’ are just naturally occurring double terminated quartz specimens. They are referred to as diamonds due to the natural faceting and clarity of the quartz being akin to diamonds.
For many of us this is not news, but for the uninitiated a 5mm Herkimer diamond specimen for sale for $20-30 sounds like a bargain. The real price is probably < $5 including postage. A quick look through ebay before writing this shows similar sized specimens ranging from $2 to $400! An image of a $400 Herkimer from ebay follows.
Calling it quartz would probably mean this would never sell at that price. Piggy backing on a century of marketing about the prestige and scarcity of diamonds ensures good sales at high prices for this variety of quartz.
Please don’t misunderstand - I have several Herkimer Diamonds in my collection. They are amazing and I would take one anyday over a real diamond, just as I would prefer amethyst or peridot. Like buying any crystals it is always important to look beyond the hype, in this case mostly down to inclusion of the word diamond.
As always, do your own research and by all means always purchase crystal specimens that you connect with and are drawn to. Just make sure you aren’t getting ripped off in the processs. That way you can use the money you save to buy more crystals😍😍😍