THE LEGEND OF CAPE MAY "DIAMONDS" FOLLOWS… NOW YOU CAN OWN A 1,000 YEAR OLD (Est. age) NECKLACE OF UNIQUE, ONE-OF-A-KIND CAPE MAY "DIAMONDS!"
In Cape May, New Jersey, at Sunset Beach on the shore of Delaware Bay you can see the sunken wreck of the World War One concrete ship, Atlantis. She lies there, half submerged, a few hundred feet offshore. The weather worn wreck is all that remains of an experimental World War I concrete freighter. She was towed there in 1926 to be intentionally sunk as a breakwater and protection for the entrance to the then new, Cape May Canal. During a sudden storm on Delaware Bay, she broke free of the towboats and was washed into the shallow water a mile or more west of her intended resting place near the Canal. As it happens, this un-natural, man-made barrier is the happy accident that makes Cape May "Diamonds" (they are not real diamonds, only polished quartz) available to you. Here is what we believe to be the origin of Cape May "Diamonds": It has been estimated the journey of a Cape May Diamond begins when some quartz rocks fall from a Pennsylvania mountain into the Delaware River. This is thought to happen at or near Delaware Water Gap, in the upper reaches of the Delaware River. Over time, the pebbles are washed, ever so slowly, past: Trenton, Palmyra, Camden and Philadelphia and finally to the broad reaches of the shallow, muddy Delaware Bay. Here, on the pebble-filled shoreline of Sunset Beach, you can search for Cape May "Diamonds." What you will find are clear quartz crystals that, after being polished, look like diamonds to the untrained eye. It is believed that the sunken ship has become a barrier that diverts the tides and currents carrying the Cape May "Diamonds" from the mountains of Pennsylvania toward the Atlantic Ocean. In this way, the journey of the quartz pebbles is changed and they are washed ashore here instead of flowing into the nearby ocean. Scientists estimate it can take over 1,000 years for a pebble to move approximately 200 miles, from the mountains of Pennsylvania to its final resting place on Sunset Beach, in Cape May New Jersey. The largest Cape May "Diamond" ever found weighed almost eight ounces. Nearby gift shops sell polished Cape May "Diamonds", but it's more fun to search the beaches around Cape May for your own diamonds. Then you polish them to a shine (can take a week or more) and you'll dupe your friends at home into thinking you've hit the mother lode. Or, you can simply order one of my hand-fashioned Cape May "Diamond" Necklaces (see below): THIS CAPE MAY "DIAMOND" necklace includes one polished (quartz) stone and one natural (un-polished) stone attached to a gold plated chain.
When you wear it, you can have fun as you tell people the interesting story about the origins of your thousand-year-old necklace made of "genuine" Cape May, New Jersey "Diamonds".
NOTE: Your Cape May "Diamond" Necklace will NOT look exactly like the one in this picture. This is because shapes and sizes vary depending on availability. Each necklace is one-of-a-kind, and handmade for you.
Terry L. Weber
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P.S. Satisfaction Guaranteed or money back (all but shipping to and from). DISCLAIMER:Cape May "Diamonds" are not real diamonds. They are polished quartz as explained in the above story. When the folks in Cape May New Jersey call them "diamonds", it is a good natured joke, all done with "south Jersey" tongue-in-cheek (kidding) good humor.