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Old July 11th, 2019, 01:17 PM #1
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Herkimer Diamond Hunting, NY... Anybody do this?

Looks like I'll be taking a road trip in August with the family and we may try and do a day of mineral hunting at one of the quartz mines in Herkimer County NY... maybe the Ace of Diamonds.

Has anyone done this? I understand that to really get the good stuff, you have to do some hard rock breaking to expose fresh cavities/vugs. Since we will have the kids and my mother in law with us, we probably aren't going to do a lot of hard core mining, but will probably sift through the spoil piles and look along the mine floor for some small quartz and dolomite specimens.

Just wondering if anyone had any advice, tricks, suggestions for finding stuff. I also understand that there are fossils by the river, so depending how things go, we may also try looking there.

Any recommendations are appreciated. Thanks.
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Old July 11th, 2019, 02:25 PM #2
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We did it in Franklin NC last summer. Pretty cool experience and we walked away with ~8 carats of sapphires.
Make sure you do it "au naturale" vs. a place that seeds the dirt with gems. I think that is cheating.
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Old July 11th, 2019, 02:28 PM #3
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Concur. There are 3 or 4 big mines in NY where it is very "au naturale"... i.e., you pull them out of the rocks you just cracked.
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We did Diamond hunting in Ark back in the 80s! We had a great time, fun for all and walked away with a few that would not be worth polishing or cutting.. But it's the memories that was made, that we will always remember.
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We've been to the Herkimer Mines. I liked it, but my family and I are serious rock hounds.
It is hard work to find them in the rock. You really have to mine, hammers & cold chisels.
My wife found our best diamond just looking on the ground.

We went about 5 years ago.
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We've been to the Herkimer Mines. I liked it, but my family and I are serious rock hounds.
It is hard work to find them in the rock. You really have to mine, hammers & cold chisels.
My wife found our best diamond just looking on the ground.

We went about 5 years ago.
Cool. Thanks. That's what I see my crew doing. Any tips for ground searching? Just back to the sun and scan the ground?
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This sounds like a super fun family trip, hopefully you find something.

My kids might be too young (short attentions span) at 4 and 8...but in a few years this could be fun
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This sounds like a super fun family trip, hopefully you find something.

My kids might be too young (short attentions span) at 4 and 8...but in a few years this could be fun
Actually, there is a good place locally for kids involved in natural science stuff. Take them down to Purse State Park in Charles County (pretty much right across the river from Quantico). The place is littered with fossils and very few people go there. I GUARENTEE that you will find fossils there. You aren't going to find 5 inch Megalodons, but you will find a ton of small fossilized sharks teeth and ray plates. Your kids won't be board if they are finding stuff.

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Actually, there is a good place locally for kids involved in natural science stuff. Take them down to Purse State Park in Charles County (pretty much right across the river from Quantico). The place is littered with fossils and very few people go there. I GUARENTEE that you will find fossils there. You aren't going to find 5 inch Megalodons, but you will find a ton of small fossilized sharks teeth and ray plates. Your kids won't be board if they are finding stuff.

Good luck!
Awesome, thanks! I will have to take a look.
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Dino park in Laurel any good?
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