David K. Joyce

Downs Collection, Arizona Minerals

I am pleased to offer the mineral collection of Dr. Robert T. Downs for sale, here on the website. Dr. Downs was born and raised in Canada and lived in many places across the country. Since a boy he was interested in minerals and mineralogy and has had several mineral collections over the years. Bob was a “late starter” and, after many years working on major construction projects as a supervisor and surveyor In British Columbia and the Yukon, he finally completed a degree in mathematics at the University of British Columbia, at the age of 30. Subsequently, he completed a masters degree and then a PhD in Mineralogy and Mathematics at Virginia Polytechnic. All through his life, he collected and studied minerals and was especially good at field collecting fine and interesting mineral crystal specimens. After post-doctoral studies at the Geophysical Lab in Washington, DC, he accepted a professorship at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. He has contributed much to the world of crystallography and mineralogy over the years, in the field of crystal structures, the RRUF project, supervision of dozens of masters and PhD students, as founding curator of the New Alfie Norville Gem and Mineral Museum in Tucson and in remote sensing and mineralogical analysis for extra terrestrial missions.
The Downs collection reflects his interests over the years, particularly with the Apatite Group of minerals, fluorapatite, vanadinite, mimetite, pyromorphite, etc. As well , other specimens are some very good personally collected specimens from Southern Arizona. There are a number of other pieces that just intrigued Bob for various reasons. Here are some of his mineral specimens.

In this page, you will find specimens that Dr. Downs collected in Arizona at various times, over the years.

All prices in Canadian dollars. For payment in US$, deduct 18% or multiply by 0.82.

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Quartz, var. Chalcedony, opalDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #27845
  • Quartz, var. Chalcedony, opal
  • 6.2x3.1x3.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $65.00
  • Deer Creek
  • Willcox
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD There is an area north of Willcox, called Deer Creek where an unusual type of silica forms. In fractures between basalt fragments, silica in the form of white chalcedony, brownish chalcedony , white opal and quartz crystals form. The brownish chalcedony can have an odd iridescence, when ground and polished the right way. Then is it referred to as "Fire Agate". This piece may have this play of light. The white opal fluoresces a bright green. The back of the specimen is a sort of geode lined with drusy quartz crystals. Very nice example collected by Dr. Downs in 2009.
WulfeniteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #27867
  • Wulfenite
  • 9.0x7.2x4.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 9mm
  • $95.00
  • Red Cloud Mine
  • La Paz County
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD Two, beautiful, orange-red wulfenite crystals are nicely exposed on this piece. The matrix is composed of willemite (fluorescent greenish) plus other vein minerals. Lots of black coated willemite crystals around the wulfenite. The wulfenite crystals are thick-tabular with truncated edges and small corner faces. Shows well. Collected in 1997.
Vanadinite, CalciteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #27868
  • Vanadinite, Calcite
  • 5.2x4.2x1.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 4.5mm
  • $65.00
  • Hamburg Mine
  • La Paz County
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD The Hamburg Mine is renowned for its gemmy, ruby-red vanadinite crystals here is a good example. The crystals re sharp hexagonal prisms with wonderful complex terminations. The crystals grew in a tight crack so the larges ones have the imprints of calcite crystals on their sides from the crystals on the other side of the crack. Nice!
Vanadinite, CalciteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #27869
  • Vanadinite, Calcite
  • 6.7x4.7x3.7 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 3mm
  • $45.00
  • Hamburg Mine
  • La Paz County
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD Several, sharp, deep red, gemmy vanadinite crystals are scattered around the center of this calcite crystal coated matrix. The vanadinite crystals, although small, are beautiful, hexagonal prisms with very sharp terminal caces composed of pinacoid and pyramids.
VanadiniteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #27870
  • Vanadinite
  • 2.8x1.7x1.4 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 3mm
  • $35.00
  • Old Yuma Mine
  • Pima County
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD This small matrix is largely covered by bright, hexagonal prisms up to 3mm in length. Old AZ classic!
Vanadinite, petrified woodDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #27873
  • Vanadinite, petrified wood
  • 2.7x1.7x2.7 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 4mm
  • $65.00
  • Empire Ranch
  • Pima County
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD These specimens are a bit peculiar. Bob was exploring the back country, on the Empire Ranch and came across a petrified log that had open spaces in it, lined with well formed vanadinite crystals. This is a good example showing brown vanadinite crystals on fine grained fossilized wood.
WulfeniteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #27877
  • Wulfenite
  • 3.2x1.9x1.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 6mm
  • $45.00
  • Pure Potential Mine
  • La Paz County
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD Just a little guy, but nice crystals from an unusual wulfenite locality. Bob collected these specimens with George Godas in 1997.
Wulfenite. QuartzDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #27878
  • Wulfenite. Quartz
  • 7.1x4.1x3.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 12mm
  • $170.00
  • Pure Potential Mine
  • La Paz County
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD The red-orange crystal on the right practically glows. This very nice crystal is one of two in a quartz lined vug that fills the front of this specimen. A few willemite crystals here and there. Collected with George Godas in 1997. Displays very well.
VanadiniteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #27881
  • Vanadinite
  • 4.4x4.2x2.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 3mm
  • $85.00
  • Pure Potential Mine
  • La Paz County
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD Much of the top and sides of this dark, calcite matrix is covered with sparkling, hexagonal crystals of deep red vanadinite. The crystals have a simple hexagonal form terminated by pinacoids. Collected with G. Godas in 1997.
Vanadinite, CalciteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #27882
  • Vanadinite, Calcite
  • 7.5x4.7x2.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 3mm
  • $65.00
  • Pure Potential Mine
  • La Paz County
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD Lighter coloured, bright, vanadinite crystals from the Pure Potential mine. Gemmy crystals associated with white-colourless calcite crystals. Collected with George Godas in 1997.
Wulfenite, WillemiteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #27982
  • Wulfenite, Willemite
  • 9.3x6.4x5.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 7.5mm
  • $75.00
  • Red Cloud Mine
  • La Paz County
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD Some very nice, well formed orangey wulfenite crystals on tis specimen, along with small elongated crystal bundles of willemite, that fluoresces green. Classic AZ!
VanadiniteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #27985
  • Vanadinite
  • 2.2x2.1x0.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 4.5mm
  • $35.00
  • Pure Potential Mine
  • La Paz County
    Arizona, Canada
  • RTD A nice little specimen, representative of the very red-orange vanadinite from the Pure Potential Mine. Simple hexagonal prisms with pinacoid termination and slight beveling pyramid faces.
VanadiniteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #27987
  • Vanadinite
  • 2.6x2.1x1.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 4.5mm
  • $40.00
  • Old Yuma Mine
  • Tucson
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD A nice little specimen showing perfect, orange-red, hexagonal prisms of lustrous vanadinite.
Wulfenite, MimetiteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #27989
  • Wulfenite, Mimetite
  • 5.4x3.7x2.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 5mm
  • $45.00
  • Red Cloud Mine
  • La Paz County
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD The cavity on the top of this specimen has a number of sharp, tabular, orange-red wulfenite crystals in it. Of particular interest is the elongated habit of some of the crystals. As well, the cavity is largely lined with red, prisms of mimetite. Nice!
Wulfenite, WillemiteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #27990
  • Wulfenite, Willemite
  • 7.8x5.3x3.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 7.5mm
  • $45.00
  • Red Cloud Mine
  • La Paz County
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD The top of this specimen has a couple of well formed, tabular, orange wulfenite crystals, associated with ting, prismatic crystals of willemite. Such great crystals of wulfenite from this famous mine!
Sphalerite, ChalcopyriteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #28012
  • Sphalerite, Chalcopyrite
  • 3.3x2.1x1.7 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 17mm
  • $65.00
  • Iron Cap Mine
  • Aravaipa, Graham County
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD Here is a cluster of sharp, twinned crystals of sphalerite from the unusual Iron Cap Mine. As is often the case, the sphalerite is complexly twinned. Sharp!
GypsumDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #28014
  • Gypsum
  • 3.6x3.4x2.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 5mm
  • $65.00
  • Tiger Mine
  • Gila County
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD A very nice cluster of white gypsum crystals on a matrix showing secondary copper mineralization. Well mounted on an acrylic base. Personally collected by Bob 21 years ago!
MalachiteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #28044
  • Malachite
  • 3.2x2.2x2.1 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 4mm
  • $85.00
  • Tiger Cut
  • Tiger
    Arizona, USA
  • This specimen, collected by Downs in 2000, shows balls of acicular malachite on matrix. Excellent thumbnail and great looking piece.
Vanadinite, CalciteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #28047
  • Vanadinite, Calcite
  • 4.8x3.6x3.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 3mm
  • $40.00
  • Hamburg Mine
  • La Paz County
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD A number of gemmy, red crystals of vanadinite are scattered over a calcite crystal covered matrix. The vanadinite crystals are hexagonal crystals terminated by pyramid and pinacoid. Some of the prettiest vanadinite crystals you'll ever see!
Vanadinite, CalciteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #28048
  • Vanadinite, Calcite
  • 5.6x3.4x3.1 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 2mm
  • $35.00
  • Hamburg Mine
  • La Paz County
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD A couple fo sweet, gemmy, well formed crystals of vanadinite on this calcite crystal, vein matrix. The vanadinite is an excellent crystal showing the hexagonal prism, the pinacoid and a couple of pyramids. Excellent!
Vanadinite, descloiziteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #28049
  • Vanadinite, descloizite
  • 4.0x2.7x1.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 4mm
  • $75.00
  • J.C. Holmes Claim
  • Patagonia
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD Loads of characteristic vanadinite crystals on black, bladed descloizite from this AZ classic locality. The vanadinite crystals are an orange colour and show the hexagonal prism with prominent hexagonal pyramidal terminations. Collected in 2004. Nice!
Vanadinite, DescloiziteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #28050
  • Vanadinite, Descloizite
  • 3.0x2.1x1.1 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 4mm
  • $40.00
  • J.C. Holmes Claim
  • Patagonia
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD Very well formed, orange, crystals of vanadinite, formed on black, bladed micro descloizite crystals. The vanadinite crystals are unusual at this location because the hexagonal pyramid is as equally developed as the prism. Unusual and nice!
Vanadinite, DescloiziteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #28051
  • Vanadinite, Descloizite
  • 3.8x2.1x1.7 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 3mm
  • $40.00
  • J.C. Holmes Claim
  • Patagonia
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD The front of this quartz matrix has many sharp, orange vanadinite crystals showing equally developed pyramid and prism faces. Also clusters of micro, black, descloizite crystals. Classic AZ locality!
Vanadinite, CalciteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #28055
  • Vanadinite, Calcite
  • 5.0x3.4x3.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 3mm
  • $35.00
  • Hamburg Mine
  • La Paz County
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD A couple of sharp, blood-red, crystals of vanadinite are present on the front of this calcite crystals-covered vein matrix. The vanadinite show a dominated hexagonal form, terminated by several sharp terminal forms. Gorgeous crystals!
Wulfenite, QuartzDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #28056
  • Wulfenite, Quartz
  • 3.1x2.8x2.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 6mm
  • $45.00
  • Rowley Mine
  • Maricopa County
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD A number of wulfenite crystals are present on this matrix of sparkling small quartz crystals. The wulfenites are an orangey colour, are clear and show a thin, platy, tabular habit with beveled edges. The crystals are more orange than they appear in the photos Some are damaged, while others are complete.
WulfeniteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #28060
  • Wulfenite
  • 1.8x1.5x0.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 7mm
  • $35.00
  • Rowley Mine
  • Maricopa County
    Arizona, USA
  • RTD A gorgeous little, well formed, tabular, beveled wulfenite crystal on a breccia matrix. The wulfenite crystal is more orange than it appears in the photo. Classic AZ. Sweet!
GypsumDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #28063
  • Gypsum
  • 8.5x6.5x3.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $65.00
  • Iron Cap Mine
  • Graham County
    Arizona, USA
  • Sort of popcorn-like formations of gypsum on matrix from the famous zinc mine in Graham Co. Striking and unusual!
Wulfenite, MimetiteDowns Collection, Arizona Minerals
  • Item #28066
  • Wulfenite, Mimetite
  • 3.4x2.9x2.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 8mm
  • $75.00
  • Rowley Mine
  • Maricopa County
    Arizona, USA
  • A single, sharp, thin-tabular, beveled wulfenite crystals sits on matrix, surrounded by tiny, yellow mimetite crystals. The wulfenite is a bit more orange than in the photo. Very nice!!