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This rainbow-filled, brilliant HERKIMER DIAMOND (QUARTZ) crystal cluster came out of the Ace of Diamonds Mine, Middleville, Herkimer Co., New York. I picked out this highly aesthetic cluster out in Tucson, from the table of the owner/miner of the Ace. He uses heavy equipment, from excavators to a backhoe with a hydraulic rock breaker attachment, to mine at the Ace. This mine (and its neighbor a few yards to the south) produce what some people consider to be the most desirable, clearest, most cleanly crystallized Herkimer Diamonds and Herkimer clusters in the world. This piece is an especially choice example of the crystals from this world famous mine, and will be a great addition to most any collection. Crystal groups of this size and complexity are almost always found in singles and groups in the pockets. That means they must be reconstructed after collecting and cleaning by fitting the growth planes of the ends of the crystals together into their original positions. This is a time consuming and tedious process, but when the original position is found, they go back together so perfectly that there is no question about the authenticity of the fit. After each piece is glued in place, and the search resumes for the next perfect fit.
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