Herkimer Diamond Healing Properties, Meanings, and Uses

Welcome to the Crystal Encyclopedia page for Herkimer Diamond. Here you will learn everything you've ever wanted to know about this crystal, including healing properties, metaphysical properties, using Herkimer Diamonds in meditation, Feng Shui, spiritual work, and much more!

Quick Overview of Herkimer Diamond


Herkimer Diamond (hûrkə mər)




Chakra Healing

Crown Chakra

Third Eye Chakra



Attunement • Healing • HarmonyPurityClairvoyance • Dreams • Mental Clarity

Meanings and Introduction

Herkimer Quartz “Diamonds” are the high energy seekers of the crystal world. Unusually transparent with a brilliant sparkle, they manifest pure, solid Light and are powerful amplifiers of spiritual energy. As perfect conduits of the universal Life Force, they are exceptional healing crystals used in meditations, dream and vision work, and advanced spiritualization applications.

Herkimer Diamonds are the most powerful of all Quartz crystals. Being doubly terminated, they have the ability to not only transmit their energies but to receive spiritual energy and amplify and focus it intently. Â They are reportedly harder than all other Quartz, giving them the strength and durability to handle difficult challenges beyond the scope of other Quartz crystals. What they lack in physical size, they more than makeup for in spirit energy.

This mineral owes its name to Herkimer County, New York, USA, the principal place where it is found. The small, double-terminated crystals are short and stubby, formed in a hard rock matrix giving them their strength. They may be exceptionally clear and colorless or contain rainbow inclusions, air bubbles, or black carbon deposits. A small percentage of these crystals contain enhydro inclusions of water. Some are smoky rather than clear, and similar-looking crystals have been found at other sites, but generally do not have the same hardness or high gloss of genuine Herkimer Diamonds.

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Healing Benefits Overview


The Herkimer Diamond is an “attunement stone,” useful for attuning to another person, group, or environment. It is particularly beneficial to use before the “laying-on-of-stones” or other healing situations when the practitioner and subject are not well acquainted. It is an exceptional crystal for linking people who have to be apart. For attunement, the Herkimers should be held simultaneously as one at first, then upon parting, each person should retain one of the stones; or, a cluster may remain at one location while an individual carries a portion of that cluster on his person to connect with the energy of a group or environment.

Herkimer crystal is also valuable in its ability to receive and magnify the influence of other stones. It expands a small or soft energy stone, giving it the strength and effects of a much larger stone. 

Herkimer Diamonds have a crystal memory, accepting and retaining information that can be retrieved later. They may also be programmed with love, well-being, or healing thoughts for others to draw on.

The Herkimer Diamond is extremely useful in healing environments where its clarity, brilliance, and high frequency facilitate the removal of energy blocks or debris and stimulates healing by increasing the amount of Light energy the body can utilize. [Ahsian, 197-198] It is an exceptionally strong crystal for clearing electromagnetic pollution, radioactivity, and geopathic stress, and makes an excellent environmental spray or gem elixir. Larger Herkimer, even cloudy, included ones, may be used to grid a home, healing space, or bed.

Herkimer is a good crystal for teachers of spirituality and alternative therapies. As a power stone in the workplace, it brings positive attention and prosperity through high achievement and assists with research and study as it stores knowledge. It is also beneficial in stabilizing company finances.


Healing Properties

Herkimer Diamond's healing properties can help with physical, emotional, and spiritual balance and issues. It has healing powers to help with physical ailments and emotional issues. It is also used in Energy Healing and Chakra balancing. Herkimer Diamond healing crystal therapies include fighting pain, cleansing the emotional body, and grounding spiritual energies. The therapeutic uses of Black Tourmaline have a long and well-documented history. Meditation with Black Tourmaline is also highly recommended.

Physical Healing Properties

Physical Health


Herkimer crystal is a supreme remedy for fighting pain. Placed on the afflicted area, the energetic current begins to circulate in as little as three to four minutes, reducing the pain until it disappears.

Herkimer Diamond is a powerful purifier, ridding the body of toxins, and has been used to correct imbalances in RNA/DNA, cellular disorders, and metabolic rate. It helps prevent physical exhaustion and burnout and stimulates immune defenses.

Herkimer alleviates tension in the outer and physical bodies and helps to re-align the energy structure. It also releases tensions and rigidities of body tissues, allowing for memory recall in these areas to help facilitate healing.

Herkimer is also supportive of the eyes and is useful in eyesight correction or healing.

Emotional Healing Properties

Emotional Health

Herkimer Diamond carries an energy of delicate harmony and an understanding of the essential being within the self. It allows for appreciation of all within us and encourages us to recognize that there is “nothing to become” and that we already are what we are seeking and only need to allow the actualization.

Herkimers encourage the concept of beginning again in this lifetime, clearing the body-mind system of unconscious fears and repressions and allowing for total relaxation and expansion of the Life energy. 

Rare, water-included Herkimer Diamonds are special healers of the emotional body, helping to see one’s deepest self and bringing the light of Spirit into dark places. In clear Herkimers, water inclusions stimulate the heart center, creating illuminating and uplifting energy that may bring on feelings of rapture. In foggier Herkimers, water inclusions allow one to see what one fears most within oneself, without judgment or losing heart. Water-and-carbon-included Herkimers assist in removing energetic chords, arrows, or patterns from the emotional body.

Chakra Balancing Healing Properties

chakra healing


With its pure, crystal light, Herkimer Diamond clears the chakras, opening channels for spiritual energy to flow. It stimulates conscious attunement to the highest level and is particularly helpful in activating and opening the Crown and Third Eye Chakras.

The Crown Chakra is located at the top of the head and is our gateway to the expanded universe beyond our bodies. It controls how we think and how we respond to the world around us. It is the fountainhead of our beliefs and the source of our spirituality. It connects us to the higher planes of existence and is the source of universal energy and truth. When the Crown is in balance, our energies are in balance. We know our place in the universe and see things as they are. We are unruffled by setbacks, knowing they are essential to life.

The Brow Chakra, also called the Third Eye, is the center of our perception and command. It directs our sight and everyday awareness of the world. Our consciousness is located here, and we relate to ourselves through this chakra. It balances the important and the unimportant, sorting meaning from data and impressions. It commands the energy flow within the body. When the brow chakra is balanced, we see clearly and understand what we see. Our thoughts and internal communications within ourselves are healthy and vibrant. We are open to new ideas, dreams, and visions. We can be quietly observant and reflective and can control the flow of energy within all the chakras.

Enhydro (water-included) Herkimers are special crystals that stimulate the Heart Chakra. Located near the center of the breastbone, the Heart Chakra regulates our interaction with the external world and controls what we embrace and resist. It gives us the balancing ability to be ourselves within the environment. When the heart chakra is out of balance, we may feel either controlling or controlled in a relationship and become critical of the little foibles of others. We may find ourselves having inappropriately strong emotional responses to everyday external stimuli. Herkimer crystal energy resolves blockages and re-balances the heart chakra, helping us understand our needs and emotions clearly. We can deal with the ebbs and flows of emotional relationships, understand their cyclic nature, and accept the changes.

Because of its ability to enhance the properties of other crystals, Herkimer Diamond works well with nearly any other stone to stimulate and re-balance chakra energies.


Benefits for Spirituality

spiritual energy

Herkimer Diamonds emanate the brightest crystal Light, purifying one’s energy field and attuning to the Divine. They carry the grace of a constant, almost subliminal connection to higher spiritual domains, even to the point of drawing angels to its pure etheric radiance. Herkimers have also been credited with enticing fairies.

Because of their high vibrational frequency, Herkimer Diamonds may stimulate clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities and may assist in prescience or telepathic communication. They are extremely useful for vivid dreams and dream recall and may be used to recover past life information.

Herkimers are powerful tools for astral travel, dimensional shifting, and other explorations into expanded reality. Grids with large Herkimer Diamonds are used to create dimensional doorways, their internal structure makes them ideal for sending and receiving energy. They provide power and assistance when establishing vortices for Earth healing or sacred space and are suitable for electrical or magnetic vortex grids. 

Because of its powerful otherworldly energies, Herkimer is not a stone for children or animals. Carrying Herkimer or wearing jewelry for prolonged periods may cause disorientation in some individuals. 


The Color Energy of Herkimer Diamond

Color Wheel


Clear Herkimer Diamond is not influenced by color energy.


Meditation with Herkimer Diamond

meditation energy

Herkimer Diamond assists in meditation by clearing the body-mind system and allowing for total relaxation and expansion of the Life energy. It opens the higher chakras and helps one focus on the meditative state.

For out-of-body experiences, choose a Herkimer with a black inner seed, and focus on the black. To use as an enhancer for other crystals, hold a Herkimer in one hand while holding the crystal of choice in the other.


Meanings in Divination

crystal divination


The Divinatory meaning of Herkimer Diamond: Be careful if making a purchase that you are getting value.


Crystals and Angels

crystal angels


If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, a Turquoise of the color listed can be a valuable conduit to your Guardian Angel. The table also provides the name of the Guardian Angel of those born in the time period.

Date Crystal Color Name of Guardian Angel
May 6 - May 10 Clear Aladiah
August 13 - August 17 Clear Reiiel (Rejajel)
December 3 - December 7 Clear Hahasiah

There are other Angels that are partial to Herkimer Diamond, too. The table below gives you more information about them.

Purpose Crystal Color Name of Angel
Protector and Ruler of the dates May 6-10; Taurus. Clear Aladiah
Guardian of the Eighteenth Mansion of the Moon; Scorpio. Clear Egibiel
Protector and Ruler of the dates December 3-7; Sagittarius. Clear Hahasiah
Master of the 9th Tarot Card “The Hermit.” Associated with Virgo. Clear Hamaliel
Guardian of the Twentieth Mansion of the Moon; Sagittarius. Clear Kyriel
Matariel is the Ruler of Earth/Rain. Clear Matariel
Raziel is known as the Wisdom Angel, Tree of Life, and Heals Spiritual Blocks. Clear Raziel
Protector and Ruler of the dates August 13-17; Leo. Clear Reiiel (Rejajel)
Master of the 16th Tarot Card “The Tower”. Clear Zamael

Herkimer Diamond for the Goddess

crystal goddess

Herkimer Diamonds honor Angerona, the Roman Goddess of Silence and the Goddess of the Winter Solstice. She is not only the protector of secrets but brings the birth of the new year.

Clear crystals honor Kundalini, the Hindu Life Force Goddess, and Latona, the Roman Goddess of Light.


Herkimer Diamond Birthstone

There are several ways to find an appropriate birthstone. The traditional one is listed first. These are from the popular lists that most people are familiar with. The second way is to find your natural birthstone by the color wheel of life. Finally, many people use the traditional stones of the Zodiac.

In this section, you will find information on all three approaches.

Traditional Birthstone

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Diamond is traditionally the birthstone of April. Though Herkimer Diamond is quartz, not diamond, its brilliant, transparent diamond-like beauty makes it well suited as an April birthstone.

Natural Birthstone


Clear crystals are not natural birthstones.

Zodiac Crystal

Herkimer Diamonds are not associated with any zodiac sign.


Meaning in Talismans and Amulets

Herkimer Diamond is a Seeker Transformer crystal. Seekers contain the crystal energy structure that aligns the natural energy of the crystal to the natural power of the human mind to find a way to new horizons and new capabilities. They’re pointers, directors, and compasses, the fresh start crystals. These are talismans of the scientist, the adventurer, the hunter, the wanderer, and the explorer. They’re also crystals of the student and the researcher.

Transformer crystals enhance efforts to change our situations, prospects, health, outlook, or relationships. By transforming ourselves, we transform our lives. We learn to dance, speak a new language, grow stronger, or become better spouses or children. Seeker crystals with the earth power of the Transformer are excellent talismans to aid our efforts to grow, develop new capabilities, and change our lives.


Using Herkimer Diamond in Feng Shui

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Herkimer Diamonds, with their many facets, are perfect as “energy dispersers” in any window. Taking light and energy from the sun, they disperse it freely within the room. They sparkle like a prism but, being perfectly natural, bring no artificiality to the natural energy flow.


Meanings in Ancient Lore and History

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There is no legendary information on Herkimer Diamond; however, if held, it is reputed to vibrate if the person you are speaking to is dishonest.


More Herkimer Diamond Crystal Information

What are Herkimer Diamonds?

Herkimer Diamonds are Quartz crystals that are double terminated.

Where are Herkimer Diamonds found?

Herkimer Diamonds are found in Herkimer County, New York, USA.

How are Herkimer Diamonds formed?

Herkimer diamonds started to develop in cavities in a sedimentary rock called Dolostone 500 million years ago, during the Cambrian Period. Dead organic matter and minerals started to stratify one on top of the other. The decaying and decomposing organic matter would release gases as it broke down and decomposed. Due to these trapped gases, intense pressure, and the cavities in the Dolostone, Herkimer Diamonds were able to form.

What are Herkimer Diamonds good for?

The Herkimer Diamond is an “attunement stone,” useful for attuning to another person, group, or environment. Herkimer crystal is also valuable in its ability to receive and magnify the influence of other stones. It expands a small or soft energy stone, giving it the strength and effects of a much larger stone. Herkimer Diamonds have a crystal memory, accepting and retaining information that can be retrieved later. They may also be programmed with love, well-being, or healing thoughts for others to draw on.

Can Herkimer Diamonds go in water?

Herkimer Diamonds are water safe.

How do you cleanse and charge Herkimer Diamonds?

The most popular way to cleanse and charge Herkimer Diamonds is by running them under water.

Can Herkimer Diamonds be left in sunlight?

Herkimer Diamonds can be left in the sunlight for short periods. If exposed for too long, they can become brittle.

How hard are Herkimer Diamonds?

Herkimer Diamonds are a 7.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale.

Why are Herkimer Diamonds called Herkimer Diamonds?

Their shape is similar to a diamond. One legend claims General Herkimer discovered what he thought were diamonds but were Quartz shaped like diamonds.

How to use Herkimer Diamonds?

For attunement, the Herkimers should be held simultaneously as one at first, then upon parting, each person should retain one of the stones; or, a cluster may remain at one location while an individual carries a portion of that cluster on his person to connect with the energy of a group or environment.

What do Herkimer Diamonds look like?

Herkimer Diamonds look very similar to real diamonds.

How can you tell if Herkimer Diamonds are real?

A true Herkimer Diamond only comes from Herkimer County, NY. They are typically colorless, however, there are some exceptions where coal deposits get stuck inside them and give them black spots.

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Written by Linda Mason

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