Herkimer Diamond Mines and Deposits Open to the Public
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Herkimer Diamond Mines that are Private and Closed to the Public
Turtle Clan Ridge - TCR
Paradise Falls - PF
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We conducted two years of research (dedicated to this mine only), including field sampling, and microscope photography at the Albany State Museum. This deposit has Herkimer diamond crystal forms not found elsewhere, also large vertical druze zone (10 to 15 feet) and associated zones of highly altered rock. In addition, the first quartz spheres were found here. This deposit probably represents the “hottest” one in the district as of 2016.
Paradise Falls is a new location (2014) but it has produced unique stalagtites of chaledecony. It is the only deposit thus far to have chalcedony in this form, and abundance. The study of Paradise Falls has just begun but it is expected that, with the cooperation of the owner and the miners, new and interesting findings will be revealed in the years ahead.
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There is a small fee for collecting at AD and several different options. The “dump” can be worked with hand tools fairly easily, and claims can be paid for on selected areas. There is a restriction on types of tools that can be used.
There is a small fee for collecting at DA and can also pay for a claim. The “dump” can be worked with hand tools fairly easily. There is almost no restriction on tool use.
There is a small fee for collecting at HDM. The “dump” can be worked with hand tools fairly easily (but sometimes really hard rock). Big restriction on tool use.
There is a small fee for collecting at HH. The “dump” is minimal, but it can be worked with hand tools really easily. It is open only on the holidays.
There is a small fee for collecting at CG. The area can be worked with hand tools fairly easily, after they clear a spot. There is a restriction on types of tools that can be used.
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