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 20% or multiply by 0.8.

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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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
GypsumCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #22004
  • Gypsum
  • 7.3x1.5x0.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: as above
  • $35.00
  • Morden

  • Manitoba, Canada
  • This is different! A nice "fishtail" twin of gypsum, showing phantom growths along its length. Excellent specimen from an unusual location.
Quartz, EpidoteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #22010
  • Quartz, Epidote
  • 8.3x6.2x3.7 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: q-32mm, e-10mm
  • $65.00
  • Agassiz
    British Columbia, Canada
  • a plate of well terminated, striated quartz crystals garnished with divergent sprays of green epidote. Displays very well!
BaryteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #22011
  • Baryte
  • 3.7x3.1x2.1 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: as above
  • $40.00
  • Rock Candy Mine
  • Grand Forks
    British Columbia, Canada
  • A simple specimen of a thick, tabular crystal of baryte, with a couple of smaller ones attached to one end. One side is highly lustrous and gemmy, while the other is slightly frosted. Very nice specimen from this long-closed fluorite mine.
ScheeliteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #22033
  • Scheelite
  • 7.4x5.2x2.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $45.00
  • Kawashegamuck Lake
  • Dryden Area
    Ontario, Canada
  • Very nice, fluorescent (of course) scheelite, in quartz matrix from this remote place. From an old collection.
ApophylliteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #22131
  • Apophyllite
  • 7.8x5.8x2.7 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 8mm
  • $40.00
  • Gaspe Copper Mine
  • Murcochville
    Quebec, Canada
  • A plate of grey, pseudo-cubic apophyllite crystals. some of the crystals tend toward a black tint. Some of the crystals have a smoky black colouration, possibly due to very fine disseminated sulphides intergrown with the crystal.
BaryteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #22136
  • Baryte
  • 4.2x1.8x1.4 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: as above
  • $45.00
  • Ray and Ross Mine
  • St. Fabien
    Quebec, Canada
  • A group of three parallel, terminated crystal clear baryte crystals or one multiply terminated crystal. The crystals are totally colourless and gemmy. Actually is better or at least as good on the other side. Nice!
ForsteriteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #22140
  • Forsterite
  • 5.2x4.8x2.7 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 36mm
  • $45.00
  • Parker Mine
  • Notre Dame du Laus
    Quebec, Canada
  • This specimen is mostly composed of tabular, bevelled, forsterite crystals and crystal sections, some very well formed. There is one, almost complete large crystal and many smaller crystals. Some of the calcite has been etched away to reveal the crystals. Nice!
RutileCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #22187
  • Rutile
  • 3.0x1.7x1.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 20mm
  • $65.00
  • MacGregor Lake
  • Perkins
    Quebec, Canada
  • A sharp, highly striated, reticulated "elbow twin" from this location well known for rutile crystals. It is highly lustrous and has a deep-red colouration. Hard to come by these, these days!
ZirconCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #22188
  • Zircon
  • 3.0x2.4x2.4 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 16mm
  • $65.00
  • Kipawa Complex
  • Temiscamingue Co.
    Quebec, Canada
  • A sharp, stout, doubly terminated zircon crystal is exposed on a matrix of amphibole, zircon and calcite in this specimen. A nice example from this unusual alkaline rock complex.
GalenaCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #22460
  • Galena
  • 6.0x5.7x3.4 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $45.00
  • Wright Mine
  • Ville Marie
    Quebec, Canada
  • A rich specimen of galena in calcite/rock breccia matrix. This is from the site that was the location of the first recorded mine in Canada. French explorers visited the place as early as 1668 and the first recorded ore (anticipated lead-silver) was taken out in 1686. The mineralization was worked in earnest between 1890 and 1903 for lead but has been idle since. (Info from mindat.org). An excellent, representative specimen from this historic site.
PectoliteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #22505
  • Pectolite
  • 4.1x3.1x3.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $45.00
  • McNamara Quarry
  • Thunder Bay
    Ontario, Canada
  • Here is an unusual specimen! This si a nice example of radiating pectolite crystals from the McNamara Quarry near Thunder Bay. Unusual and looks great!