My Happy Ending in Herkimer, NY (wink, wink)

Posted by on May 3, 2013

For approximately the last six months, I have tried to live and breathe just about every moment of my spare time studying and working with gemstones – that’s pretty much the reason for the sad crickets on this, my beloved blog. My hands-down favorite art medium to work with is words, and I have been silent MUCH too long.

During this time, however, I have collected delicious morsels of my quirky life and the time has finally arrived for me to again indulge myself in this sweet heaven of sharing my written art with you.

Ready to go to work!

With my right hand basically useless, I quickly regretted not training myself to be ambidextrous like my Dad was…

I was blessed with the wonderful opportunity to visit my favorite Bed and Breakfast – The BellingerRose –  in Herkimer for several days last week, and I will certainly be sharing with you my beautiful experiences there in coming posts. However, I just want to tell you that during my stay, I had a treadmill “incident” (feel free to envision the most ridiculous accident you’ve seen on America’s Funniest Videos or on Ridiculousness) and the palm of my right hand developed a TREMENDOUS throbbing blister and I was rather sore all over, so I was forced to mine all day in the hot sun with only my left hand (yeah, I’m tough…although, it still did hurt worse giving birth to my youngest on the bathroom floor with no  pain-killers and only my four daughters under the age of ten to help me…).

My first time on a treadmill did NOT end well!

My first time on a treadmill did NOT end well!

In the end, I drove back home in the fire engine red rental SUV, our Herkimer Diamonds packed gently in cotton, and the sun setting romantically behind the looming cliffs and mountains. It was truly a “happy ending” in Herkimer, NY.

And so, what my happy ending ultimately is, is a happy beginning to Herkimer Diamonds Direct…



The clearest and the most valuable of all quartz, Herkimer Diamonds are highly sought after and desired all over the world by collectors for their extremely powerful Metaphysical properties, as well as, for their extremely glittery personalities.

The diamonds I found - left handed...

The diamonds I found – left handed…

Perfect, water – clear, high sparkling Herkimer Diamonds are mined by us from the grey dolomite of the pristine Herkimer region, in upstate New York. Formed in the Cambrian Period, these double terminated (psst…that means that both ends are pointed, unlike other crystals, which have one flat end and one pointed end) brilliant stones are found in only one place on the ENTIRE PLANET – the Herkimer, New York area. It is impossible to find these anywhere else in the world.

We invite you to come explore and learn about these enchanting crystals which wield so much beauty and, some say, Metaphysical power.

Aside from us (we mine them, clean them and set them – all by hand) you will be the very first human to hold this half a BILLION year old gemstone.

From Mother Nature’s treasure chest DIRECTLY to your hands (well, except for a quick pit-stop in ours).

Again, WELCOME and ENJOY! In the coming weeks, we will be adding spectacular specimens we collect to our new site,, where they will be available for sale.

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11 Responses to My Happy Ending in Herkimer, NY (wink, wink)

  1. nowwhatstheplan

    Best of luck in this new ‘baby’ of yours! Will stay tuned for the official launch. 🙂

  2. Juliann

    OMG. Your hand looks AWFUL. 🙁 This is why I don’t do treadmills. (Well, that and because I’m lazy.)

    But the mining and the gems look incredible. What a neat experience.

  3. Tess Kann

    Welcome back. Still mining the jewels, I see.

  4. Alison

    Thanks for ‘liking’ my blog post, Vicky. 🙂

    And that hand is a great lesson in Why Physical Exercise Is Dangerous. But you still look like quite the explorer wielding that pick, even left-handed (as a sinister person myself, I’m wholly in favour of left-handedness). 😉

  5. Cancer in My Thirties

    Hi Vicky,
    Thanks so much for following my blog. I am looking forward to spending some time on yours. What lovely gems — just striking! Glad you had such a nice trip — and sorry about your unfortunate accident!
    Thanks again for visiting my blog! It’s lovely to meet you! 🙂
    ~L @

  6. April

    I’m thankful my treadmill is in the privacy of our basement! 😉 Your hand looked incredibly sore. I’ll have to head over to your website and learn more about your diamonds. Thank you for stopping by my blog yesterday.



  7. Lexi

    Hi Vicky,

    Thank you so much for folllowing my blog, I really appreciate it!

  8. Megan

    I grew up near there and I used to love it when my dad took me to mine the diamonds! Hope your hand feels better.

  9. laurasmess

    Far out. That blister looks painful! Haha… I’ve tried many physical activities after drinking too much wine and it definitely leads to interesting outcomes. Thankfully I live nowhere near an accessible treadmill…! The diamonds are amazing. But not as amazing as your childbirth experience, which is… uh, a little frightening but amazing nonetheless. Thanks for visiting my little corner of the internet. You’re a great writer. So nice to find your site!

  10. 24/7 in France

    Diamonds are a girl’s best friend 🙂 Good luck in healing your hand and take care. Thanks for following my blog, too.

  11. skinnyuz2b

    My husband and I want to get into mining now that the kids are grown. We’ve dabbled a bit. Been to Herkimer since we live above Albany.
    Take care of your hands. You must have run further than I do to get those blisters. I’m a wimp.

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