herkimer diamond watercolor by Michelle Constantinescu
April is here which means Aries season is in full effect, and if that weren’t annoying enough already, we have an entire month dedicated to the most overrated, over-hyped, over-priced stone out there. If you are a conscious human on this planet you are probably painfully aware of how artificially inflated the price of diamonds are. Past what most people would consider normal too, this is no accident and we can thank the De Beers Group for this. If you want to do your own research on the matter, google De Beersand you’ll see “blood diamond”, “price fixing” and “antitrust/monopoly” pop up so often you’ll think you’re reading a rejected Bond-movie villain backstory.
Diamonds have so many misconceptions on them it’s no wonder their price is inflated beyond belief. Lots of people think diamond are the most expensive, rarest, highest priced gem out there. They are none of these things in reality. In fact the only superlative you can give diamonds is hardest. That’s right, diamonds are a the hardest rating 10/10 on the Mohs scale. That’s it, much more rare, expensive gems exist a plenty.
Moving on to our preferred April birthstone however, Herkimer Diamond. Now before you go finger wagging at me, yes I am aware it is not actually a “diamond” but the name has been around since the 18thcentury so why stop now? Herkimer diamonds are actually a very clear type of double terminated (meaning two pretty points on each end) quartz, specific to Herkimer county in New York state.
Diamonds are great vessels and modifiers of energy, holding thoughts and actions then projecting them into the world. Diamonds can project your inner positivity to others around you. Useful at work for a professional atmosphere and bringing abundance.
Quartz is a power stone and has been called the "Universal Crystal”. It enhances energy by absorbing, storing, amplifying, balancing, focusing and transmitting. It channels universal energy. Quartz also enhances thoughts, as they are a form of energy. Because it directs and amplifies energy, it is extremely beneficial for manifesting, healing, meditation, protection, and channeling. Quartz is a stone of clarity which dispels negativity and clears away negative energy.