2017-12-10 | Q&A: Herkimer Diamonds with Christina McCormack
Q: Why are they called Herkimer Diamonds?
A: Well, Herkimer Diamonds aren’t actually diamonds but are technically double-terminated quartz crystals. They were discovered in and around Herkimer County, New York, probably about 500 years ago.
Q: Why are they interesting to you?
A: I just think they’re cool! They always come in this cool shape, which is a crystal formation. They have interesting inclusions...
Q: Do the shapes vary to a large degree?
A: No, they don’t.
Q: So, they all kind of look the same, shapewise?
A: They’re similar, yes...very similar.
Q: How did YOU discover them?
A: I was at a gem show in Tucson, where I saw them first.
Q: Recently? Have you been working with Herkimer Diamonds for a long time?
A: Long time, yes.
Q: So these earrings... when did you make these?
A: These I made recently.
Q: Did you make them for yourself? Or for someone else?
A: I have made a few pairs: Currently I have a pair, and I’ve also made them for clients.
Q: Now, did you put these holes in them?
A: No, they usually come as beads; these particular ones you can string as necklaces or bracelets.
Q: So the ear wire: why did you design it that way?
A: I just love the simplicity of french wire.
Q: Great! If you had to explain what a Herkimer diamond to someone discovering them for the first time, what would you say?
A: It’s a crystal that was once used as an imitation for diamonds, probably as far back as the late 15th and 16th centuries.
Q: And how many herkimer diamonds do you have at christinamccormack.com?
A: Just this pair for right now.
Q: Can you describe them?
A: They are 18k yellow gold french wires, and the Herkimer diamond just dangles right off end of the french wire.
Q: So this is the kind of earring you could wear with just about everything!
A: Yes, absolutely.