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Diamond Strike in New Jersey!

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If “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” as Carol Channing sang in the original Broadway production of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” then what is a Jersey Girl’s best friend?  Why, of course, Cape May Diamonds!

 

Ordinarily, one would expect to travel to the mines in South Africa to find these precious stones.  But, we in New Jersey have our own version; albeit, our stones would be considered more semi-precious than precious.

 

These stones have their origin in the upper reaches of the Delaware River and are washed downstream to be deposited on the beaches of Delaware Bay.  Cape May is land’s end in the state of New Jersey where the mouth of the Bay joins the Atlantic Ocean.

 

The translucent stones are a variety of quartz found in Pennsylvania and, after many years traversing the Delaware River, are deposited on the beaches of Cape May.  When polished, they give the appearance of diamonds; hence, they derive the name Cape May Diamonds.

 

One particular beach on which they are found in abundance is Sunset Beach on Delaware Bay.  Here, a pleasant day can be spent harvesting these stones while enjoying the sun and sand.  In addition, you might just create a diamond in the rough for that special someone in your life.

 

If you are ever bored and want to enrich your life, a trip to Sunset Beach in Cape May may prove to be a rewarding experience.

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