Once upon a time in a faraway land there was a tiny cottage on a beautiful lake. The steps to the cottage were lined with sparkly rocks. Surely I had just landed in a fairytale.
The fairytale, however, did come with some extras, such as my little family. We were vacationing on Lake Mazinaw in Ontario, Canada. It would be a week of swimming, boating, fishing, seeking out petroglyphs, and digging for buried treasure on the beach with my little brother. It was a kid's paradise.
But, for me, the best part were those shiny, magical rocks. I needed to know what they were. After asking around, I found out that these bright little beauties were a mix of clear and rose quartz. I was so drawn to them that I awoke each day excited to run outside and hold them up to the sun, watching as they reflected light over my whole body. Even in their organic, rough cut form, they held magic.
I have always collected rocks. All kinds and any kind. I love them all. But quartz? Quartz is special. Despite that, my journey with quartz has remained casual. I wanted to use it in a truly special way and I knew that one day, it would come to me. And it did: as I was looking for a stone to use for April’s birthstone; the diamond, I came across some magnificent Herkimer diamonds.
What is a Herkimer diamond? You guessed it! They are quartz crystals found in Herkimer, New York. The crystals are naturally diamond-shaped, hence the name “Herkimer diamonds”. While not actually diamonds, they are stunning, unique, gems that are perfect for jewelry.
With that, I’d like to introduce you to my limited collection of one-of-a-kind, genuine, Herkimer diamond crystal jewelry pieces, inspired by April’s birthstone.
And the fairytale stairs.