From Margaret's favorite stash of gems come her Zen Gem necklaces, where these unique stones are placed along a strong nylon cording with Sterling Silver lobster clasp closures.
These necklaces stay on through many activities and make excellent gifts for mom, sister, that special someone, or for yourself. Length 16", featuring Herkimer diamonds from New York.
Handmade by Margaret Solow in California, USA
The model is wearing a medium size.
Herkimer Diamond Facts: Herkimer are not actually diamonds, butdouble-terminated quartz crystals discovered within exposed outcrops of dolomite and around Herkimer county New York. The "diamond" in their name is due to both their clarity and natural faceting - crystals possess double termination points and 18 total faces (six on each point, six around the center). The reason for double termination is that they grow with little or no contact to the host rock.
Herkimer diamonds became widely recognized after workers discovered them in large quantities while cutting into the Mohawk River Valley dolomite in the late 18th century. Geologists discovered exposed dolomite in Herkimer County outcroppings and began mining there, leading to the "Herkimer diamond" moniker. Double-point quartz crystals may be found in sites around the world, but only those mined in Herkimer County can be given this name.