A Northeastern US mineral legend, the black stemmed scepters of Herkimer are quite rare and despite hundreds of diggers toiling in the hard Dolomite only a few are found every few years. From a recent exceptional pocket this is a perfect example with no damage (extra rare) and doubly terminated (crudely) which is almost unheard of. The black stem is partly deep smoky brown with a few tiny areas of transparency. The top is sharp and glassy and also has dark inclusions some of which are brightly fluorescent. A fine small example of this most uncommon of Herkimer Diamond Quartz!
Quartz- Black Stemmed Scepter
Treasure Mountain, Little Falls, Herkimer County
3.5 x 1.7 CM (small miniature)
The most desirable style of Herkimer "diamonds" is the the Black Stem scepter. These only occur in a single small zone and are not currently being found. This is a good, clean and undamaged example collected in the early 90's. Very distinct phantoming and lots of interesting inclusions.