Digging Herkimer Diamond quartz crystals in Fonda, New York.  Locality: Diamond Acres/Hastings Farm(Area 51 claim).  Nice big Herkimers come from this mine, as well as clear gems and drusy quartz.  The locality is public, but the claim is private.  Claims at this mine are full, there is a waiting list for new ones.

Huge Herkimer Diamond quartz crystals pulled from the Earth.  They sat in a void in the dolostone for 500 million years.  Hastings Farm/Diamond Acres in Fonda, New York.  These big ones are known to local miners as “Fonda Footballs”.  Vug/pocket crystal collecting at it’s finest.  Witness their birth below:

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Collecting black drusy quartz crystals and herkimer diamonds at the Area 51 Claim, Diamond Acres/Hastings Farm, Fonda NY.  the Area 51 Claim has produced some incredible specimens in the last couple seasons.