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Good News! Beginning Friday, June 26th, we will be open to the public for day mining as well as camping. If you would like to reserve a campsite or check camping availability, please call our office at (315) 891-3855 between 9AM and 5PM.
Below is a list of COVID-19 guidelines that we have established to help keep everyone safe:
1) Anyone entering the mine office for any reason MUST wear a mask.
2) We ask that only ONE person per group enter the mine office to check-in for camping, purchase mining tickets, rent tools, shop in the store, etc.
3) Social distancing (6 foot distancing) should be observed at all times.
4) No more than 6 customers will be allowed in the mine office at any given time.
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and continued support.
Ted, Anita, and Anna Jane Smith
Ace of Diamonds Mine
HERKIMER DIAMONDS are brilliant, water clear quartz crystals composed of silicon dioxide, hard enough to scratch glass. They are of a hexagonal structure and doubly terminated (points on both ends). Not only are they a prized mineral specimen, but metaphysically, they are also associated with dream work, enhanced creativity, healing, and facilitating meditation.
Dolomite limestone is the rock formation in which they are found. This rock was buried ages ago. Subsequently, surface water containing silicon seeped downward through the earth and was trapped in pockets or cavities in the dolomite rock. Under tremendous heat and pressure these crystals
were formed. Weathering and erosion by glaciers and water have exposed the strata in Middleville, New York. The crystals are found mostly in rock cavities (formed approximately 400 million years ago), but many are found in soil surrounding the weathered rocks.
The name Herkimer Diamond came about because to the untrained eye, the sparkling crystals look like real diamonds. Since these unique crystals are found in Herkimer County, named after the Revolutionary War General Nicholas Herkimer, the crystals became known as "Herkimer Diamonds." Additionally, the Mohawk Indians, native to this area, are known as ” The People of the Crystals ”
The mine is owned and operated by the Smith Family: Ted, Anita, and Anna Jane Smith.