David K. Joyce Minerals

Microminerals Van Silver Mine, Whistler, BC

The Van Silver Mine is an excellent source of silver sulphosalts. Perhaps you saw the article in the May-June, 2000, Mineralogical Record issue (Vol 31, #3)? If not have a look at these images of some of the species found at the site. I haven't got them all here but will add more in the future. The specimens shown here are typical and I may not be able to send you this exact specimen but will send you one that is similar.

All prices in Canadian dollars. For payment in US$, deduct 22% or multiply by 0.78.

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PyrostilpniteMicrominerals   Van Silver Mine, Whistler, BC
  • Item #301
  • Pyrostilpnite
  • micro cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 32x mag
  • $20.00
  • Van Silver Mine
  • Whistler
    British Columbia, Canada
  • Very nice elongated, orange crystals of this rare sulphosalt associated with other silver sulphosalts and often sphalerite, galena and quartz.
FizelyiteMicrominerals   Van Silver Mine, Whistler, BC
  • Item #303
  • Fizelyite
  • micro cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 16x mag.
  • $20.00
  • Van Silver Mine
  • Whistler
    British Columbia, Canada
  • The fizelyite crystals at Van Silver Mine tend to be elongated crystals with feathery terminations or fine aggregates of elongated tapered crystals. Rare mineral!!
BoulangeriteMicrominerals   Van Silver Mine, Whistler, BC
  • Item #304
  • Boulangerite
  • micro cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 16x mag
  • $20.00
  • Van Silver mine
  • Whistler
    British Columbia, Canada
  • Classic hair-like crystals of this sulphosalt in vugs associated with other sulphosalts and sulphides.
BournoniteMicrominerals   Van Silver Mine, Whistler, BC
  • Item #387
  • Bournonite
  • micro cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 16x mag.
  • $20.00
  • Van Silver Mine
  • nr. Whistler
    British Columbia, Canada
  • Bournonite occurs at the Van Silver Mine in heavily striated crystals that are very exagerated "cogwheels". The crystal featured in the photo is isolated on quatyz but many of the bournonite crystals occur on other sulphides such as sphalerite or pyrite.
MiargyriteMicrominerals   Van Silver Mine, Whistler, BC
  • Item #389
  • Miargyrite
  • micro cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 16x mag.
  • $20.00
  • Van Silver Mine
  • nr. Whistler
    British Columbia, Canada
  • Lustrous black crystals, sometimes showing a hint of red, showing that they are, indeed one of the "ruby silvers".
PyrargyriteMicrominerals   Van Silver Mine, Whistler, BC
  • Item #390
  • Pyrargyrite
  • micro cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 16x mag.
  • $20.00
  • Van Silver Mine
  • nr. Whistler
    British Columbia, Canada
  • These ruby red, prismatic crystals are one of the more attractive species at the Van Silver Mine. They prety well always show a nice internal ruby colour.
TetrahedriteMicrominerals   Van Silver Mine, Whistler, BC
  • Item #391
  • Tetrahedrite
  • micro cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 16x mag.
  • $22.00
  • Van Silver Mine
  • nr. Whistler
    British Columbia, Canada
  • Sharp, silvery tetrahedrite crystals occur on and with various other sulphides and sulphosalts at Van Silver. Usually as modified tetrahedrons. They are actually very good, unlike my poor image, here, where the tetrahedrite xl is on a sphalerite xl.