10,000 Diamonds Went Into the Making Of This Vodka

Crystal Head Vodka is known for its distinctive skull-shaped bottle but did you know that the award-wining craft spirit is diamond filtered?

The Canadian company, founded by actor and entrepreneur Dan Aykroyd, launched Crystal Head Aurora in 2007.

Distilled five times and filtered seven times – three of which are through over 10,000 Herkimer Diamonds – Aurora is made from English wheat and pristine water from Newfoundland, Canada.

As they explain on their site, “three of the filtrations pass through layers of Herkimer diamonds as our final distinctive touch.”

Herkimer diamonds are not actually diamonds, but are double-terminated quartz crystals of exceptional clarity, discovered within exposed outcrops of dolostone in and around Herkimer County, New York and the Mohawk River Valley.

Inspired and named after this beautiful display of lights in the night sky, Crystal Head Aurora comes in the signature skull shaped bottle of the brand, with an appealing variation: its iridescent surface gleams in the colours of the northern lights.

The effect was attained by placing the bottle in an sealed, electrically charged chamber where it’s coated in activated powdered metal and then heated, which causes it to melt and adhere to the skull creating the stunning finish.

Crystal Head Aurora Vodka is priced at $59.99 (€50.17).