David K. Joyce

Quartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario

Amethyst from the Thunder Bay District is among the finest in North America, and specimens grace museums and private collections worldwide. The specimens in this group are truly special - they are the top quality Thunder Bay amethyst. Excellent quality Thunder Bay amethyst is very hard to obtain, primarily because decent sized vugs collapsed post formation, ie, Mother Nature has damaged the pocket contents before the first human eyes even see them. These specimens are from the collection of David Nicklin, representing the best of all specimens he and his son Ian mined at the Diamond Willow Mine over a period of over 30 years. They are absolutely remarkable for their lustre, colours and lack of damage compared to the vast majority of Thunder Bay amethysts mined over the years. This is a unique opportunity to acquire a Thunder Bay amethyst from a special lot! We don't expect that there will be another lot like this again in the future.

A new article is on this website in the "Articles" Section: Thunder Bay Amethyst (click here) It features lots of photos, including an image sequence of the mining process used by by David and Ian Nicklin to recover amethyst specimens at the Diamond Willow Mine.

Important Note: This lot of Thunder Bay amethyst specimens is being offered jointly with my good friend and collecting partner Raymond McDougall (www.mcdougallminerals.com). Different specimens are posted on each of our websites. I hope you will enjoy seeing the ones on his site too at: http://www.mcdougallminerals.com/Thunder-Bay-Amethyst.html.

All prices in Canadian dollars. For payment in US$, deduct 20% or multiply by 0.8.

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Quartz var. Amethyst, HematiteQuartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario
  • Item #15233
  • Quartz var. Amethyst, Hematite
  • 13.3x10.7x5.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 12mm
  • $875.00
  • Diamond Willow Mine
  • McTavish Township, Thunder Bay District
    Ontario, Canada
  • A "hedgehog" double mound of crystals on brecciated matrix. The crystals are amethyst but with a fairly serious layer of hematite spherules just below the surface of the crystals which gives the crystals a red-brown appearance with just a little amethyst colour showing through. Handsome specimen!