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!
ArsenopyriteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21792
  • Arsenopyrite
  • 4.8x3.1x2.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 35mm
  • $35.00
  • Goldenville

  • Nova Scotia, Canada
  • This fragment of sediments from this famous old gold mine incorporates an aggregate of arsenopyrite crystals which protrude out of the front and back of the piece. Sharp silvery arsenopyrite crystals on one fresh side and slightly oxidized crystals on the other.
BaryteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21794
  • Baryte
  • 5.8x4.3x2.1 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 11mm
  • $35.00
  • Aguathuna
  • Port au Port Peninsula
    Newfoundland, Canada
  • An interesting specimen of colourless, gemmy baryte crystals with very white triangular zones at the corners of the terminations. A little bruising but looks great!
Dolomite, Calcite, Baryte, Marcasite, ChalcopyriteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21802
  • Dolomite, Calcite, Baryte, Marcasite, Chalcopyrite
  • 8.0x5.2x3.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 10mm
  • $35.00
  • Newfoundland Zinc Mine
  • Daniels Harbour
    Newfoundland, Canada
  • This specimen is a plate of creamy-white dolomite crystals that is speckled with tiny calcite, marcasite and chalcopyrite crystals. There is one beautiful, perfect, 10mm scalenohedron of calcite on the plate and a rosette of baryte that is bruised. Nice combination specimen from this long-closed mine.
ScoleciteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21868
  • Scolecite
  • 7.5x5.7x4.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $65.00
  • Lake Asbestos Mine
  • Black Lake
    Quebec, Canada
  • The top of this specimen is largely covered with botryoidal scolecite that has formed over stilbite crystals, none of which are visible, except by viewing the side of the piece. The scolecite is composed of tiny, radiating, acicular crystals that form the botryoids. The specimen is actually pure, creamy white not the grayish look caused by the lighting in the pictures. Very nice specimen from one of the "other" large asbestos mines in southern Quebec, near the more famous Jeffrey Mine.
PectoliteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21869
  • Pectolite
  • 8.1x5.4x3.4 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 12mm
  • $65.00
  • Lake Asbestos Mine
  • Black Lake
    Quebec, Canada
  • This specimen shows a vein or seam of pectolite. The pectolite is composed of radiating aggregates of pure white acicular pectolite. An unusual and excellent specimen from this prolific, long closed asbestos mine.
Scolecite. StilbiteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21875
  • Scolecite. Stilbite
  • 9.2x5.4x2.1 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $75.00
  • Lake Asbestos Mine (Mine Lac d'Amiante)
  • Black Lake
    Quebec, Canada
  • Hemispheres of very white acicular scolecite are thickly scattered on light beige stilbite crystal terminations. An unusual specimen from this famous old, long closed asbestos mine. Looks great!
Forsterite, SpinelCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21877
  • Forsterite, Spinel
  • 6.9x4.8x3.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: f-17mm, sp-8.5mm
  • $75.00
  • Parker Mine
  • Notre Dame du Laus
    Quebec, Canada
  • The top of this specimen shows a very sharp, tabular forsterite crystal and a couple of sharp, octahedral spinel crystals. There are other forsterite and spinel crystals on the top and bottom of this piece, partially etched out of calcite. Excellent!
NacriteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21882
  • Nacrite
  • 6.3x4.1x0.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 1mm
  • $40.00
  • St. Eustache

  • Quebec, Canada
  • This this specimen shows a seam in rock that reveals platy aggregates of nacrite crystals. We don't often see well crystallized clay minerals like this!
Calcite, DolomiteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21883
  • Calcite, Dolomite
  • 8.6x6.5x3.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: as above
  • $65.00
  • St Clothilde

  • Quebec, Canada
  • A very nice, rhombohedral crystal of calcite with pink, pearly dolomite crystals attached at the bottom. The calcite crystal is very well formed with sort of serrated edges that are very nice crystal faces. Sits perfectly for display!
Zoisite, (Thulite)Canadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21890
  • Zoisite, (Thulite)
  • 3.7x2.4x1.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 13mm
  • $35.00
  • Remigny

  • Quebec, Canada
  • Pink zoisite crystals associated with creamy white armenite in white matrix in this unusual specimen.
EudialyteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21893
  • Eudialyte
  • 8.1x6.2x2.4 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $40.00
  • Kipawa Complex
  • Abitibi-Temiscamingue
    Quebec, Canada
  • An almost solid fragment of eudialyte from the famous alkaline rock complex at Kipawa. Rich!
Vlasovite, Gittinsite, EudialyteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21895
  • Vlasovite, Gittinsite, Eudialyte
  • 5.8x3.3x1.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: v-20mm
  • $75.00
  • Kipawa Complex
  • Abitibi-Temiscamingue
    Quebec, Canada
  • Quite an exotic association of rare minerals here! The matrix is red-purple eudialyte that has crystals of glassy vlasovite embedded in it. The vlasovite, in turn, has been altered around the edges and in cross-cutting fractures to white gittinsite. So all the white you see in this specimen is gittinsite. Rare!
Kyanite, GarnetCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21898
  • Kyanite, Garnet
  • 6.5x5.4x4.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 25mm
  • $65.00
  • Crocan Lake
  • Mattawa Area
    Ontario, Canada
  • This quartz-gneiss is laced with blue blades of kyanite plus lots of garnets, presumably almandine. This mineralization was claimed and looked at as a source of ore-grade kyanite rock 50 years or so ago but found to be too low grade overall. This specimens looks great and is a nice example of this type of metamorphism.