Best website for Herkimer diamond information
A community project where Herkimer diamond scholars, collectors and miners share information.
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A free service to the public since 2008 with information not found anywhere else.
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The Herkimer district is a big place (click Directions above to see district map) and having a website that covers everything requires YOUR HELP. On this webpage is a list of the things you can do to help this research project.
How to Help the Herkimer Diamond Research Project and
A very simple way to help. Complete this short survey and you can help make this website better. It is all confidential. Please take the time to do the survey. It is quick and easy.
Pass it on! Tell others about the website. Make links to it on Facebook, your own webpage, and in forums and blogs. Use the community button (top of this page) and tell your collecting story (what did you find and how). Ask to join "Friends of Herkimers" by sending an email - you will get regular updates on our progress.
Take pictures when you are collecting that shows how to collect, what Herkimer diamonds look like in the wild.
Also photograph any unusual specimen. Send a .jeg photo attached to an email. We seek to post high quality photos.
Please consider the following
when taking pictures of Herkimer diamond specimens for this website:
Send a specimen donation - particularly ones that show things that are not on the website. Use a hand lens (loop) to look closely for small things. If you see something odd send it. Odd things are clues to the history.
Address: Professor W. David Hoisington
See list of needed specimens below.
Of special research interest - Pocket Wall Rock . Most of the time this gets thrown away. Preferably wall rock with at least a hint of having crystals (of any mineral) on it. Photos of the pocket where the specimen came from would be of additional help. Wall rock with a Herkimer diamond attached is the best specimen to send for research examination, but all wall rock is of interest. Other specimens needed:
1. well preserved calcite 2. Saddle dolomite and dark dolomite 3. druze samples
4. skeletal or hopper crystals - even fragments 5. odd hydrocarbon or hydrocarbon features
6. Herkimer encased in hydrocarbon.
6. minerals on top of each other - see the event relationship page for examples.
W. David Hoisington, Ph.D.
Photos needed: 1. Mine site pictures, especially historical ones, 2 . Pocket pics especially sequences that show the discovery process, 3. Photo series showing the use of tools to explore and how they are used in each mine, 4. Detailed photos of a hydrocarbon pocket containing Herkimers, 5. HBQ photos and 6. Anything odd or very beautiful from a mine.
Samples of "baby floater" druze are needed
Click here to see what that druze looks like