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 18% or multiply by 0.82.

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PyriteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #27113
  • Pyrite
  • 9.4x4.8x2.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 12mm
  • $40.00
  • Sherman Mine
  • Temagami
    Ontario, Canada
  • Here is a good looking specimen from a long-closed iron mine in northern Ontario. The Sherman Mine is normally famous for the jasper-magnetite-hematite banded ore that they mined there. Here is something a little different, pyrite crystals in and on a shale-like rock matrix. The specimen is repaired but, done well and looks great!
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!
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!
Calcite, DolomiteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #21883
  • Calcite, Dolomite
  • 8.6x6.5x3.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: as above
  • $45.00
  • 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!
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!
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
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.
AndraditeCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24646
  • Andradite
  • 4.6x3.3x2.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 23mm
  • $35.00
  • 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
  • $40.00
  • 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!
Diopside, Grossular, MilleriteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #25155
  • Diopside, Grossular, Millerite
  • 10.9x12.26.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 13mm Diopside
  • $75.00
  • 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.
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, CalciteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #26055
  • Baryte, Calcite
  • 12.3x5.2x4.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 7mm
  • $65.00
  • Rainy Cove
  • Bay of Fundy
    Nova Scotia, Canada
  • The top of this specimen is a long vug of calcite crystals, simple, iron tinted scalenohedra. At one end of the vug is a cluster of light yellow baryte crystals. The baryte crystals are gemmy and thin tabular. Interesting piece from an unusual locality!
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!
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!
Almandine, ChloriteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #26372
  • Almandine, Chlorite
  • 7.6x6.0x3.7 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 45mm
  • $65.00
  • Stall Lake Mine
  • Snow Lake
    Ontario, Canada
  • A couple of incomplete, deep-red almandine crystals squished together. These crystals were found in a chlorite schist and chlorite is present in a number of places around and between the crystals. Displays very well!
BaryteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #26470
  • Baryte
  • 7.0x5.0x3.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 27mm
  • $75.00
  • Rock Candy Mine
  • Grand Forks
    British Columbia, USA
  • A number of fairly good yellow-golden, thick, tabular baryte crystals are present on a matrix of gren fluorite, none of which is present from the display side of the specimen. The crystals are in good shape with only a little bruising.
Baryte, DolomiteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #26555
  • Baryte, Dolomite
  • 4.8x4.7x4.7 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: b-5mm, d-5mm
  • $40.00
  • Newfoundland Zinc Mine
  • Daniels Harbour
    Newfoundland, Canada
  • This vug in Daniels Harbour "pseudo-breccia" is lined with dolomite crystals with a few gemmy, yellow baryte crystals on the dolomite. Lots of sphalerite, the ore mineral at NZM in the dolomite.
Baryte, Dolomite, MarcasiteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #26556
  • Baryte, Dolomite, Marcasite
  • 8.0x5.4x3.4 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: b-3mm, d-7mm
  • $60.00
  • Newfoundland Zinc Mine
  • Daniels Harbour
    Newfoundland, Canada
  • This wide vug in Daniels Harbour pseudo-breccia is lined with creamy-white, curved dolomite crystals and speckled with gemmy, yellow baryte crystals. There are also lots of small marcasite crystals trapped under the barytes and in between dolomite crystals. Also lots of sphalerite, the ore mineral at NZM, embedded in/under the dolomite. Nice!
Baryte, DolomiteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #26561
  • Baryte, Dolomite
  • 3.6x2.8x2.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: b-6mm, d-3mm
  • $50.00
  • Newfoundland Zinc Mine
  • Daniels Harbour
    Newfoundland, Canada
  • This vug in Daniels Harbour "pseudo-breccia" is lined with dolomite crystals with a very nice, gemmy, yellow baryte crystal on the dolomite. Lots of sphalerite, the ore mineral at NZM, in the dolomite. Looks great!
Baryte, Dolomite, PyriteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #26562
  • Baryte, Dolomite, Pyrite
  • 6.7x6.7x5.4 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: b-3mm, d-7mm
  • $45.00
  • Newfoundland Zinc Mine
  • Daniels Harbour
    Newfoundland, Canada
  • This vug in Daniels Harbour "pseudo-breccia" is lined with dolomite crystals with a few gemmy, yellow baryte crystals on the dolomite. As well, there is a peppering of tiny pyrite crystals and elongated crystals of marcasite. Lots of sphalerite, the ore mineral at NZM in the dolomite.
GrossularCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #26580
  • Grossular
  • 4.2x3.3x1.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 0.5mm
  • $55.00
  • Orford Nickel Mine
  • St.-Denis-de-Brompton
    Quebec, Canada
  • This specimen is mostly composed of enmeshed grossular crystals and diopside that has had some of the white calcite etched off to expose grossular crystals. The grossular crystals range in colouration from a dull green to the more intense, chromium-rich dark-emerald green crystals. Historically, this was Canada's oldest nickel mine!
ElbaiteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #26584
  • Elbaite
  • 6.2x5.5x3.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 47mm
  • $55.00
  • Leduc Mine
  • St. Pierre de Wakefield
    Quebec, Canada
  • This feldspar pegmatite matrix holds a roughly hexagonal outline crystal of elbaite. It is pink and green on the inside and that has a thin black outer rim. One of the few elbaite producing pegmatites in Canada.
CalciteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #27235
  • Calcite
  • 13.8x10.5x8.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 5mm
  • $75.00
  • Aguathuna
  • Port au Port Peninsula
    Newfoundland, Canada
  • This is an interesting fossil, rock or mineral specimen, depending on your perspective. The matrix is a sort of limestone STUFFED with small clam shells, called "coquina". The interesting thing is that each clamshell is a hollow geode lined with small calcite crystals and, usually, one or two larger, well formed, twinned calcite crystals. Sometimes some small baryte and/ore pyrite crystals. Interesting!
Pyrolusite, BaryteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #27298
  • Pyrolusite, Baryte
  • 8.6x5.5x3.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 3mm
  • $55.00
  • Whale Creek
  • Walton
    Nova Scotia, Canada
  • A mound of silvery-black, prismatic crystals of pyrolusite, with a few white baryte crystals sprinkled in one area.
Almandine, ChloriteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #27623
  • Almandine, Chlorite
  • 13.0x13.5x2.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 22mm
  • $75.00
  • Chisel Mine
  • Snow Lake
    Manitoba, Canada
  • One sharp, 22mm dodecahedron of deep red almandine garnet is exposed in the middle of this schisty, chlorite matrix. The crystal is partially exposed and could probably be much better exposed with some diligent work. A little bit of the almandine is missing but is very sharp and nice otherwise.
ManganiteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #27790
  • Manganite
  • 5.3x4.2x1.7 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 10mm
  • $35.00
  • Walton
  • East Hants
    Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Several, thick-prismatic crystals of pitch-black manganite are scattered across the top of this specimen, associated with smaller rhombs of calcite. Nice locality piece!
Manganite, Calcite Canadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #27791
  • Manganite, Calcite
  • 5.4x4.3x2.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 14mm
  • $75.00
  • Walton
  • East Hants
    Nova Scotia, Canada
  • A beautiful miniature specimen of splendent, black, elongated crystals of this manganese oxide mineral. Displays perrfectly.
Schorl, MicaCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #27774
  • Schorl, Mica
  • 9.7x7.8x4.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: s-13mm
  • $65.00
  • Bayers Lake
  • nr. Halifax
    Nova Scotia, Canada
  • The top of this portion of a pegmatite cavity shows a lining of sharp schorl crystals, mica crystals and feldspar crystals. The largest, terminated schorl crystal is 13mm long but there are lots of smaller ones on the specimen. That light patch on the top is not a mica crystal but just light reflecting from a very lustrous face! An unusual specimen from Nova Scotia!
ZirconCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #27938
  • Zircon
  • 2.4x2.1x1.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 9mm
  • $45.00
  • Kipawa Alkaline Complex
  • Sheffield Lake
    Quebec, Canada
  • A sharp, doubly terminated zircon crystal is well exposed on the front of this amphibole matrix. The brick-red crystal shows a square prism, terminated by a simple pyramid. Nice!
Sphalerite, Calcite, QuartzCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #27963
  • Sphalerite, Calcite, Quartz
  • 4.5x4.4x1.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 6mm
  • $65.00
  • Rogers Farm
  • Perth
    Ontario, Canada
  • Very sharp larger and more complex smaller, dark brown sphalerite crystals line much of this wide, flat vug, along with smaller calcite and quartz crystals. Unusual location!
Fluorapophyllite, MarcasiteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #27966
  • Fluorapophyllite, Marcasite
  • 6.5x5.0x2.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 15mm
  • $65.00
  • Gaspe Copper Mine
  • Murdochville
    Quebec, Canada
  • A flat plate of sharp, apophyllite with a pseudo-cube-octahedral crystal habit. The crystals have a greyish appearance because of the zoned inclusions of tiny crystals of what I believe are marcasite crystals, although could be pyrite. Looks great! From a giant old copper mine, now decades closed.
Dolomite, var. FerroanCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #28329
  • Dolomite, var. Ferroan
  • 7.1x4.8x4.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 15mm
  • $40.00
  • Restigouche Mine
  • Bathurst
    New Brunswick, Canada
  • The top of this dolomite matrix is covered with light chocololate brown rhombohedra of an iron rich dolomite. Tiny chalcopyrite crystals are also scattered on the dolomite crystals. Unusual locality!