David K. Joyce

NATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities

Native elements are those minerals that are made up of a single element, uncombined with any other element, unlike most minerals which are combinations of elements. Most elements are fairly reactive and so during geological processes, combine with other elements to form the various minerals that we are familiar with. So elements that occur as pure elemental substances are relatively rare! After all, there is lots of carbon in the earth since it is a main component of calcite and coal but not there isn't much carbon in the form of diamonds! Here are a few interesting ones. For copper, silver and gold, please look under separate pages titled with the names of those elements.

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Silver, BorniteNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #17886
  • Silver, Bornite
  • 11.6x9.5x3.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $210.00
  • La Noria Mine
  • San Panteon de la Noria, San Martin de Somererete
    Mexico
  • A large leaf of native silver protrudes from a relatively small lump of bornite/quartz/carbonate. most of what you see in the picture is a thick, bornite coated plate of silver! Very nice! Looks great!
Bismuth, SideriteNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #14477
  • Bismuth, Siderite
  • 1.8x1.4x0.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $25.00
  • Lauta
  • Saxony
    Germany
  • Rich mixture of coarse cleavages of native bismuth and siderite. One larger piece and several smaller.
SulphurNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #16922
  • Sulphur
  • 5.6x3.8x2.4 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 11mm
  • $35.00
  • El Desierto Mine
  • Potosi
    Bolivia
  • A plate of bright-yellow, well formed, sort of elongated, prismatic Sulphur crystals. Shows very well. Add this bright colour to your collection!
Silver, BorniteNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #19331
  • Silver, Bornite
  • 11.1x6.0x3.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $120.00
  • La Noria Mine
  • San Panteon De La Noria, Zacatecas
    Mexico
  • Here is a nice native silver specimen! This piece consists of a large, thick, plate of native silver, partially encrusted with bornite protruding from a mass of solid bornite, perhaps with a little sphalerite. Looks great!
Nickeline, Bismuth, SkutteruditeNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #19922
  • Nickeline, Bismuth, Skutterudite
  • 6.5x5.2x4.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $65.00
  • Eldorado Mine
  • Great Bear Lake, Port Radium
    Northwest Territories, Canada
  • This matrix of, mostly nickeline, and skutterudite, is also laced with rich, coarse native bismuth. The native bismuth shows the characteristic perfect, highly-lustrous cleavage. Rich!
Nickeline, Bismuth, SkutteruditeNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #19923
  • Nickeline, Bismuth, Skutterudite
  • 6.0x4.1x3.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $65.00
  • Eldorado Mine
  • Great Bear Lake, Port Radium
    Northwest Territories, Canada
  • This matrix which is composed mostly of nickeline and skutterudite, is also laced with lustrous, perfect cleavages of native bismuth. A very good specimen of this interesting assemblage.
Arsenic, SilverNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #20112
  • Arsenic, Silver
  • 8.0x6.5x1.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $85.00
  • Pohla
  • Schwarzenberg, Erzgebirge
    Saxony, Germany
  • An interesting sawn and polished slice of silver and arsenic mineralization. It shows silver crystals at the core, over grown by inter-banded native arsenic and calcite, with calcite as the main vein gangue mineral. It is possible that some of the arsenic is stibarsen but I cannot be sure. Very nice specimen of this famous combination!
AntimonyNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #20596
  • Antimony
  • 6.6x5.5x1.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $75.00
  • Lac Nicolet Antimony Mine
  • Ham Sud (South Ham)
    Quebec, Canada
  • This piece is mostly heavy, metallic, fine-grained native antimony with the margins containing some kermesite, valentinite, etc. A vein section!
AntimonyNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #20705
  • Antimony
  • 8.9x7.6x4.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $140.00
  • Lac Nicolet Antimony Mine
  • Ham Sud (South Ham)
    Quebec, Canada
  • This specimen is actually a vein section composed, mostly of solid, fine grained native antimony. At the margins of the vein are small crystals of valentinite, kermesite and stibnite. Old locality, long closed.
Bismuth, Bismuthinite, SphaleriteNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #20905
  • Bismuth, Bismuthinite, Sphalerite
  • 3.8x3.2x2.4 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 1mm
  • $40.00
  • Wakefield
    Quebec, Canada
  • Rich, highly brilliant, cleavages of native bismuth are embedded in fine grained silver-grey bismuthinite in quartz in this unusual specimen. A little sphalerite is also present.