Wire Wrapped Crystal from Herkimer Diamond Mine

Wire Wrapped Crystal from Herkimer Diamond Mine

I previously told you about my experience at the Herkimer Diamond Mine when I was on a recent vacation.  Spoiler:  It’s not actually a diamond mine.  Herkimer Diamonds are actually very beautiful, clear quartz crystals.

You can read about my experience mining here.

We ended up with a few crystals:

Wire Wrapped Crystal from Herkimer Diamond Mine

These are the crystals in their just-from-the-mine state.

I knew I wanted to make a necklace with the largest one.  In fact, when my husband found that one he asked me if I could make jewelry with it.  Then we left with our mission accomplished.

Wire Wrapped Crystal from Herkimer Diamond Mine

So I cleaned it up, which encompassed just running water over it and very gently using an old toothbrush to get into the crevices.

And then I wire wrapped the crystal to make a pendant.

Wire Wrapped Crystal from Herkimer Diamond Mine

And added a chain.

Wire Wrapped Crystal from Herkimer Diamond Mine

Now I have a simple and beautiful souvenir of my anniversary trip and one that is so much more meaningful than anything I could have purchased.

I know that before I started wire wrapping stones it seemed so complicated and confusing.  I learned how to do it and now it’s a technique that I teach both in Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry (Week 1 is all about nature!) and in my Charm Bracelet eCourse.

You can also learn how to make a souvenir charm bracelet with my Free Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry Mini eCourse — but it’s a different sort of souvenir bracelet.  I show you how to make a photo charm and bead dangles and make a souvenir charm bracelet.  (I do not show you how to wire wrap rocks in that free mini eCourse, though.)

I love finding unique things on trips for souvenirs.  Going to the Herkimer Diamond Mine was definitely a unique experience and I’ll have this necklace for years to come to remember it by!

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