David K. Joyce

Canadian Specimens, Various Localities

Canada is rich with geological diversity and, as a result, is one of the premier mining countries in the world. From coast to coast, hundreds of operating mines and quarries plus, probably thousands of abandoned mines, quarries and prospects provide an abundance of great mineral specimens. Here are some really nice specimens that i don't have enough of to have their own catagory.

All prices in Canadian dollars. For payment in US$, deduct 19% or multiply by 0.81.

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Scolecite, StilbiteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #17700
  • Scolecite, Stilbite
  • 5.8x4.8x1.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 2mm
  • $40.00
  • Black Lake Mine (Lac D'Amiante)
  • Thetford
    Quebec, Canada
  • A lovely plate of one of the more unusual minerals from Thetford mines, balls of scolecite on stilbite crystals. Nice looking piece from closed mine!
Baryte, MarcasiteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #18268
  • Baryte, Marcasite
  • 10.7x10.0x6.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 3mm
  • $75.00
  • Aguathuna
  • Port au Port
    Newfoundland, Canada
  • The top of this specimen is largely covered with small, sparkling, bladed baryte crystals and some bronzy marcasite crystals. The barytes are in sort of botryoidal groupings. Very fossiliferous limestone matrix. Looks great!
BaryteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #18266
  • Baryte
  • 4.1x3.6x1.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 9mm
  • $35.00
  • Aguathuna
  • Port au Port
    Newfoundland, Canada
  • A nice plate of colourless barite crystals with white zones on the corners.
AlmandineCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #18721
  • Almandine
  • 9.8x5.0x3.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 15mm
  • $60.00
  • Dollier Township
    Quebec, Canada
  • An unusual locality showing sharp almandine garnet crystals embedded in a lighter coloured garnet schist. The uppermost garnet crystal has been glued back onto the specimen. All the rest are naturally embedded. Interesting and unusual!
BariteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #19148
  • Barite
  • 4.4x3.5x2.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 10mm
  • $35.00
  • Aguathuna
  • Port au Port Peninsula
    Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
  • This cluster of white, tabular barite crystals shows very nice contrasting white zonations on the edges of one of the prism faces. Sweet!
Baryte, CalciteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #18215
  • Baryte, Calcite
  • 8.8x6.9x3.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 25mm
  • $65.00
  • Aguathuna
  • Port au Port
    Newfoundland, Canada
  • A very nice, sharp scalenohedral calcite crystal in and on sharp, white-zoned barite crystals. From an ancient, ocean-bottom white smoker vent.
AdulariaCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #20978
  • Adularia
  • 4.0x3.1x2.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 3.0
  • $35.00
  • Cottonwood River
  • Quesnel
    British Columbia, Canada
  • Here is an unusual one! This specimen is a cluster of white, well-shaped adularia crystals. Interestingly, it appears to have come from an "alpine cleft" type of environment because of the white asbestiform amphibole around the base. Very interesting and unusual!
Quartz, EpidoteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #20980
  • Quartz, Epidote
  • 7.5x6.7x5.7 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: q-25mm, e-28mm
  • $35.00
  • Cottonwood River
  • Quesnel
    British Columbia, Canada
  • Intergrown crystals of colourless, but sharp quartz crystals and elongated laths of grayish epidote. Interestingly, some of the quartz crystals have a very fine, silky mineral included in them, probably an amphibole suggesting an alpine cleft environment.
SanidineCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21226
  • Sanidine
  • 5.1x3.8x1.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: As above
  • $35.00
  • Shingle Creek
  • Penticton
    British Columbia, USA
  • A textbook, Carlsbad twin of sanidine from the well known locality near Shingle Creek. This is a phenocryst that has weathered or been hammered out of finer-grained rhyolite. As I said, textbook!
DiopsideCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21266
  • Diopside
  • 9.2x2.8x1.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: As above
  • $65.00
  • Orford Nickel Mine
  • St. Denis de Brompton
    Quebec, Canada
  • Here is a specimen from the oldest nickel mine in Canada that operated for a short period in the 1860's. It is a rather large, well formed diopside crystal. The crystal is contacted on one side but the other three sides and the termination are largely complete. These are special crystals! Beautiful example of this silicate mineral. R
SpodumeneCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21481
  • Spodumene
  • 7.4x7.0x4.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 52mm
  • $65.00
  • Little Nahanni River
  • Tungsten
    Northwest Territories, Canada
  • A well terminated, striated, tabular spodumene crystal is embedded in massive quartz in this specimen. Unusual location!
AlmandineCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21483
  • Almandine
  • 8.1x7.6x4.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 37mm
  • $75.00
  • Ruby Mine
  • Denbigh
    Ontario, Canada
  • A couple of well-formed, dodecahedral almandine garnet crystals embedded but well exposed in mica schist. Don't see specimens from this locality very often! R
GoethiteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21717
  • Goethite
  • 6.2x6.2x2.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $65.00
  • Helen Iron Mine
  • Wawa
    Ontario, Canada
  • The top of this siderite matrix is covered with botryoidal hemispheres of brown goethite that are velvety-looking. The botryoids are actually radiating crystals of this iron mineral. Classic!
SanidineCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21719
  • Sanidine
  • 6.3x3.5x2.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: as above
  • $45.00
  • Shingle Creek
  • Penticton
    British Columbia, Canada
  • A textbook example of a monoclinic crystal, in this instance a very well formed sanidine crystal. These crystals are phenocrysts in rhyolite volcanics around Shingle Creek in southern British Columbia. Classic!
HematiteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21720
  • Hematite
  • 5.6x4.9c4.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 13mm
  • $65.00
  • Hadley Bay
  • Victoria Island
    Nunavut, Canada
  • This piece is solid hematite and is largely covered with sharp, scalenohedral crystals of bright lustrous hematite. OK, a couple of the crystals are damaged but there are many excellent crystal on this specimen from the Canadian Arctic. Looks great.