This natural Herkimer Diamond crystal has a yin-yang look. Half of the crystal is very clear, the other half cloudy. Internal growth occurrences give a wispiness to this half. Externally erratic growth left clear imprints on this end.
The other end has a sharp clear tip.
Where these areas meet, the crystal sparkles rainbows, especially in sun light.
Herkimer Diamonds are naturally double terminated quartz crystals that are unique to the Mohawk Valley, New York state. Not much is know about native uses of the Herkimer's; but surely they were considered special.
Dean Snow, one of North America's leading historical anthropologists, in his book on the Iroquois writes:
"They were known to themselves and to the other Iroquois nations as the Kanyenkehaka, the people of Kanyenke (also spelled Ganienkeh). This has usually been translated "Place of the Flint," but the flint (or more properly chert) sources in Mohawk country were not particularly sought after. More important were the clear quartz crystals now called Herkimer diamonds, which could be quarried in a few local mines and abound on Mohawk village sites. These were highly valued by Iroquois and other nations. Kanyenke was more likely "Place of the Crystals." Crystals were symbolically important as amulets of success, health, and long life, artifacts more likely to inspire a name than a second-rate chert. The Mohawks were the main suppliers of quartz crystals up to 1614. After that they became primary middlemen for the Dutch glass beads that replaced them."
This natural Herkimer Diamond crystal is bright and sparkly with it's yin yang look !