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 24% or multiply by 0.76.

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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!
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!
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!
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!
CalciteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #22018
  • Calcite
  • 7.8x5.0x3.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 19mm
  • $40.00
  • Inverhuron

  • Ontario, Canada
  • This limestone matrix is totally covered with 1-2mm sparkling calcite crystals with one larger, twinned, doubly terminated crystal. The larger crystal has excellent lustre and the slight hoppering typical of this occurrence. Looks great!
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.
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!
Baryte, Dolomite, calciteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #25261
  • Baryte, Dolomite, calcite
  • 6.5x4/0x3.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: b-3mm, d-8mm, c-16mm
  • $40.00
  • Newfoundland Zinc Mine
  • Daniels Harbour
    Newfoundland, Canada
  • A mound of creamy-white dolomite crystals that is sprinkled with small, deep yellow, gemmy baryte crystals. The core of the mound is dolostone with sphalerite crystals embedded in the dolomite. Nice!
Fluorapophyllite, PyriteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24253
  • Fluorapophyllite, Pyrite
  • 8.6x7.0x4.1 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 17mm
  • $75.00
  • Gaspe Copper Mine
  • Murdochville
    Quebec, Canada
  • A mound of variously sized apophyllite crystals showing pseudo-cubic shape with truncated corners. The crystals have the characteristic pearly luster on the pinacoid. Some small pyrite crystals associated. Nice specimen from a long closed mine!
BaryteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24332
  • Baryte
  • 6.2x5.0x3.4 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 18mm
  • $45.00
  • Rock River

  • Yukon, Canada
  • A small plate of grayish, perhaps wit ha tint of blue, well formed prismatic crystals of baryte from this remote locality in the Yukon. Looks good! s
AlmandineCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24335
  • Almandine
  • 3.7x4.5x4.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 42mm
  • $40.00
  • Markstay
  • Sudbury District
    Ontario, Canada
  • A well formed dodecahedron with a little mica schist attached. Nice example form this prolific garnet crystal producing locality. s
DiopsideCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24472
  • Diopside
  • 9.7x3.0x2.7 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: as above
  • $40.00
  • Orford Nickel Mine
  • St.-Denis-de-Brompton
    Quebec, Canada
  • A large, divergent cluster of diopside crystals, some terminated some not. It is not a perfect specimen but still interesting from a primo locality for diopside AND Canada's first nickel mine, from the 1870-80s.
ArsenopyriteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24475
  • Arsenopyrite
  • 6.4x4.4x3.4 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 12mm
  • $35.00
  • Lucy Mine
  • Wawa
    Ontario, Canada
  • Some groups of radiating arsenopyrite crystals are embedded in siderite matrix. Interesting specimen from this long-closed old open pit iron mine.
MilleriteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24538
  • Millerite
  • 9.4x5.0x4.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 3mm
  • $35.00
  • Orford Nickel Mine
  • St. Denis-de-Brompton
    Quebec, Canada
  • Lots of small, well formed, stout crystals of millerite are scattered over the surface of this grossular-diopside matrix, being exposed after some of the calcite was etched away. The millerite crystals are very well formed, many terminated and nicely striated. The face of the specimen is covered with tiny green grossular crystals and black poorly formed chromite crystals. There are also well formed prismatic, light green diopside crystals to 2mm or so. This was Canada's and perhaps North Americas first Nickel Mine! s
AndraditeCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24646
  • Andradite
  • 4.6x3.3x2.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 23mm
  • $45.00
  • Bond Zone, Oka.
  • Deux-Montagnes Co.
    Quebec, Canada
  • Dark, highly corroded garnets from this famous carbonatite that was developed for niobium in the 1960's. s
Baryte, CalciteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24765
  • Baryte, Calcite
  • 9.5x7.2x8.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: Ba 3mm, Ca 10mm
  • $45.00
  • Aguathuna
  • Port au Port Peninsula
    Newfoundland, Canada
  • This limestone matrix has a large vug lined with colourless and white-zoned baryte crystals on one side. As well, there are some sharp scalenohedral crystals of calcite in the vug. Interestingly, this specimen is from an ancient "white smoker", a hot spring at the bottom of an ancient ocean that precipitated barium, calcium and iron minerals. s
GalenaCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24771
  • Galena
  • 3.5x5.0x2.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 22mm
  • $55.00
  • Stanton Deposit
  • Arnprior
    Ontario, Canada
  • Here is a rich, coarsely crystallized sample of galena in calcite from this very old, little-known location. It is actually a crystal of galena embedded in calcite vein material.
BaryteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24783
  • Baryte
  • 5.5x4.4x2.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 12mm
  • $40.00
  • Co. Rd 10 & Pike Lake Rd
  • Lanark Co.
    Ontario, Canada
  • Great looking specimen of baryte featuring the "crested baryte" habit of growth. Some calcite around the sides and on the bottom. Unusual locality!
ArsenopyriteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24945
  • Arsenopyrite
  • 6.9x5.3x2.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 55mm
  • $40.00
  • Goldenville Gold Mine
  • Goldenville
    Nova Scotia, Canada
  • A large, rounded, silky-striated, silvery-metallic, mostly complete arsenopyrite crystal attached to metasediment matrix. Above average size for this locality.
DolomiteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24987
  • Dolomite
  • 6.1x5.1x2.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 14mm
  • $45.00
  • Portage du Fort
  • Litchfield TWP. Pontiac Co.
    Pennsylvania, Canada
  • A cluster of creamy white dolomite crystals from a locality better known for calcite crystals. The crystals are rhombhedra in sort of parallel growth forming disc-like crystals. Interesting specimen!
StibniteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24970
  • Stibnite
  • 8.6x4.9x2.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $65.00
  • Lake George Mine
  • Lake George
    New Brunswick, Canada
  • The antimony mine at Lake George, New Brunswick operated for almost two decades, between 1971 and 1990, until competition from mines in China forced Consolidated Durham Mines to curtail operations. Stibnite was the ore mineral and here is a fine example!
BerylCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24928
  • Beryl
  • 3.7x2.4x1.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 25mm
  • $55.00
  • Canadian Beryllium Mine, Beryl Pit
  • Quadeville
    Ontario, Canada
  • Here is a nice beryl specimen from "The Beryl Pit" in the giant pegmatite at Quadville, Ontario. These are rarely, if ever terminated. This one has an above-average blue colour and sharp prism faces. s
Diopside, Grossular, MilleriteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #25155
  • Diopside, Grossular, Millerite
  • 10.9x12.26.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 13mm Diopside
  • $95.00
  • Orford Nickel Mine
  • St-Denis-De-Bromton
    Quebec, Canada
  • The Orford Nickel Mine was one of the first, or THE first, nickel mines in North America. It was first developed in 1860 but never really amounded to much since the ore was refractory and the metallurgy was very difficult. This specimen is classic Orford consisting of a vuggy matrix with lots of small, well formed, diopside crystals, lots of tiny green grossular crystals, plus clots of chromite. More importantly, there are small, stocky millerite crystals all through the specimen. Pretty cool, historically and mineralogically! Looks good too! :)
DiopsideCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #25222
  • Diopside
  • 4.4x2.0x1.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: as above
  • $35.00
  • Orford Nickel Mine
  • St-Denis-De-Bromton
    Quebec, Canada
  • A stepped termination diopside crystal from this nickel mine that closed over 100 years ago!
DiopsideCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #25224
  • Diopside
  • 3.2x1.5x0.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: as above
  • $35.00
  • Orford Nickel Mine
  • St-Denis-De-Bromton
    Quebec, Canada
  • Nicely terminated, single thumbnail-sized crystal from this long-closed mine.
 DiopsideCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #25225
  • Diopside
  • 1.4x3.2x0.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: as above
  • $35.00
  • Orford Nickel Mine
  • St-Denis-De-Bromton
    Quebec, Canada
  • This very lustrous, perfectly terminated diopside crystal is an excellent representative of this location and this mineral.
DiopsideCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #25227
  • Diopside
  • 3.5x1.7x0.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: as above
  • $35.00
  • Orford Nickel Mine
  • St-Denis-De-Bromton
    Quebec, Canada
  • Nice green, lustrous, thumbnail-sized crystal of this rock forming diopside.
KyaniteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #25190
  • Kyanite
  • 14.3x8.2x4.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 20mm
  • $65.00
  • Anderson Mine
  • Snow Lake
    Manitoba, Canada
  • This fragment of fine-grained, silvery mica schist is laced through with greyish, bladed kyanite crystals. A nice specimen that represents the metamorphic environment of the Snow Lake ore bodies!
TremoliteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #25236
  • Tremolite
  • 7.8x3.0x2.7 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $45.00
  • BC Mine
  • Black Lake
    Quebec, Canada
  • Here is a mass of very fine tremolite crystals, so fine, you can't see them! The crystals are naturally woven into a cloth-like aggregate that resembles soft doeskin or "mountain leather". Interesting!
Calcite, Sphalerite, DolomiteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #25239
  • Calcite, Sphalerite, Dolomite
  • 6.4x3.4x3.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: c-14mm, sp-7mm, d-9mm
  • $40.00
  • Newfoundland Zinc Mine
  • Daniels Harbour
    Newfoundland, Canada
  • A nice cluster of crystals showing a rhombohedral, almost cubic, crystal of calcite on the left and the ore mineral at NZM, sphalerite, poking out the front of the specimen from under the dolomite. Some nice quartz crystals on the underside of the piece. Nice specimen from this zinc mine that has been closed for 20+ years or so now.
Baryte, Dolomite, CalciteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #25265
  • Baryte, Dolomite, Calcite
  • 3.4x2.4x1.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: b-13mm, d-6mm, c10mm
  • $45.00
  • Newfoundland Zinc Mine
  • Daniels Harbour
    Newfoundland, Canada
  • mostly golden baryte crystals and white calcite scalenohedra show on top of this dolomite crystal matrix. A little sphalerite and dolostone in the matrix.
ChrysotileCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #25255
  • Chrysotile
  • 4.7x3.7x1.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 40mm
  • $40.00
  • National Asbestos mine
  • Thetford Mines
    Quebec, Canada
  • A plume of light green, chrysotile sticks upwards from a piece of calcite vein material. Very cool looking piece!
ApophylliteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #25268
  • Apophyllite
  • 4.2x2.5x2.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 12
  • $45.00
  • Gaspe Copper Mine
  • Murdochville
    Quebec, Canada
  • A cluster of very sharp, grey apophyllite crystals showing a pseudo-cubic habit. A peudo-cubic habit with pseudo-octahedral corner truncations! :) Nice crystal cluster showing the pearly luster on pinacoidal faces. Very nice specimen from this long closed mine.
Celestine, DolomiteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #26045
  • Celestine, Dolomite
  • 10.5x8.5x6.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: C-17mm, d-6mm
  • $75.00
  • High Falls
  • Manitoulin Island
    Ontario, Canada
  • A geode-like formation that is a thick, limestone shell with a pinkish dolomite crystal lining. On one side is a cluster of thin-bladed, very light bluish celestine crystals! Very cool. Apparently, these "nodules or geodes weather out of the sediments at High falls and could be opened to reveal the crystals. I say could because there was a finite number and the deposit is worked out. Beautiful and interesting!
Monazite-(Ce)Canadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #26075
  • Monazite-(Ce)
  • 2.8x2.1x1.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 10mm
  • $55.00
  • Ojaipee Mine
  • Parry Sound
    Ontario, Canada
  • A couple of monazite crystals are embedded in this mica schist matrix. The large on is a part crystal and the smaller, at the top is a complete, well formed, tabular crystal with beveled edges. I am not certain but I think the crystals have been replaced into the matrix, although I cannot see evidence of glue. Nice example!
Schorl, MuscoviteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #26110
  • Schorl, Muscovite
  • 11.4x8.0x11.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: e-33mm
  • $65.00
  • Villeneuve Mine
  • Val Des Bois
    Quebec, Canada
  • This specimen shows a large "book? of biotite with elongated schorl crystals cutting through it and nicely exposed. As well, there are some spessartine crystal sections embedded in the mica in the lower area. Interesting specimen from this former feldspar and mica underground and surface mine. Displays well!
Fluorapophyllite, PyriteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #26115
  • Fluorapophyllite, Pyrite
  • 8.8x6.0x5.1 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 12mm
  • $65.00
  • Gaspe Copper Mine
  • Murdochville
    Quebec, Canada
  • A very nice cluster of greyish, pearly lustered apophyllite crystals on a matrix composed of pyrite crystals and other minerals. This mine has been long-closed but was a giant underground mine with a milling and smelting complex at one time. Displays exactly as shown in the photo. Very nice! S
AlmandineCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #26138
  • Almandine
  • 14.5x7.5x10.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 55mm
  • $65.00
  • Stall Lake Mine
  • Snow Lake
    Manitoba, Canada
  • A large cluster of dodecahedral almandine crystals. The crystals are not all completed on the front of the chlorite matrix but still, it is a very impressive specimen!
StibniteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #26287
  • Stibnite
  • 4.7x2.1x1.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 8mm
  • $35.00
  • Lake George Antimony Mine
  • Lake George
    New Brunswick, Canada
  • A small crystal specimen of the ore mineral at the long closed Lake George mine.
EudialyteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #26307
  • Eudialyte
  • 8.1x6.3x3.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $65.00
  • Kipawa Complex
  • Sheffield Lake
    Quebec, Canada
  • A large fragment of almost pure eudialyte. A little white mineralization attached and a prismatic white crystal included. Probably mosandrite. Rich specimen!
DiopsideCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #26323
  • Diopside
  • 7.1x6.3x4.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 12mm
  • $65.00
  • Orford Nickel Mine
  • St. Denis-de-Brompton
    Quebec, Canada
  • A cavity in this diopside-grossular matrix has had the calcite dissolved out of it to reveal clusters of very light creamy diopside crystals. This mine was Canada's first nickel mine and operated for a short period in the late 1860s. There is some millerite and chromite ion the matrix. Nice looking piece.
Arsenopyrite, ChalcopyriteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #26324
  • Arsenopyrite, Chalcopyrite
  • 5.2x2.2x4.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 5mm
  • $40.00
  • Ghost Mine
  • Snow Lake
    Manitoba, Canada
  • Lots of silvery arsenopyrite crystals embedded in massive sulphides including sphalerite and chalcopyrite. Unusual locality!