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Uncovering Herkimer Diamonds in Central New York

Miners' Village

Central New York is the new “girl’s best friend” thanks to Herkimer County. Why you ask? Because this Central New York county is the home to the famous Herkimer diamonds.

These 5-million-year-old double-terminated quartz crystals are unique and can only be found here in Central New York. The Herkimer diamond quartz is 7.5 out of 10 on the Moh’s Scale, which is very close to where real diamonds fall.

The diamonds are popular among gem collectors because of their unique style. They have even been worn by royalty. The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markel, wore Herkimer diamonds on her wedding day. They’ve also been featured on the Home Shopping Network recently.

Want some diamonds of your own? You can visit Herkimer Diamond Mines and go searching for your perfect gem.

Search for Your Very Own Diamonds

At the diamond mines, guests are welcomed to search and get their hands dirty to find a gem of their own.

Gear up with your goggles and mining equipment and check out the prospect area with its three above-ground mines. Spend time mining through layers of rock until you find your perfect diamond.

Bring along the whole family and participate in sluice mining and discover a variety of unique treasures. This is the perfect activity for your ones.  

Once you find your diamond you are able to take it home. The mines offer you the opportunity to build and wear which allows you to create a piece of jewelry of your own.

Other Activities at the Mines

Want to turn your mining experience into a weekend trip? Then enjoy an overnight stay at the award-winning Herkimer Diamond Mines KOA Resort. From glamping lodges to the campground, there is somewhere to stay for all adventure seekers.

Another choice is the Ace of Diamonds campground. This location also has a diamond mine that guests can explore.  There is also a variety of dining options for guests and mine-goers. Grab a bite to eat at the Miner’s Table, The Canteen or Prospectors’ Pavilion, to name a few.