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 21% or multiply by 0.79.

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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.
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!
CalciteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #22526
  • Calcite
  • 9.4x7.5x7.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 21mm
  • $65.00
  • Inverhuron
    Ontario, Canada
  • Beautiful, highly modified scalenohedra of calcite showing interesting hoppers and gemmy interiors. Great crystals!
Pyrite, Chalcopyrite, Siderite, etc.Canadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24258
  • Pyrite, Chalcopyrite, Siderite, etc.
  • 6.5x5.4x3.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $45.00
  • Chisel Mine Open Pit
  • Snow Lake
    Manitoba, Canada
  • This is an odd one! It shows a fairly perfect sphere of pyrite protruding out of a matrix of massive sulphides and magnetite. The pyrite ball is largely covered with tiny, sharp siderite crystals and poorly formed magnetite crystals. Unusual and interesting! s
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!
MarcasiteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24255
  • Marcasite
  • 5.9x6.4x5.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 3mm
  • $65.00
  • Frontenac Zinc Mine
  • Frontenac County
    Ontario, Canada
  • A mount of rounded aggregates of bladed marcasite crystals. We don't often see specimens from this extremely old mine. Displays very well!
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
Kermesite, Valentinite, StibniteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24551
  • Kermesite, Valentinite, Stibnite
  • 6.7x6.4x3.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 7mm
  • $65.00
  • Lac Nicolet Sb Mine
  • Ham Sud
    Quebec, Canada
  • Rich, deep-red sprays of fine kermesite crystals are embedded in as matrix of interlocking kermesite, valentinite and stibnite plus other unidentified antimony oxides. Very heavy and rich! s
SpessartineCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24564
  • Spessartine
  • 4.7x4.4x4.1 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 16mm
  • $45.00
  • Lake Cecebe
  • Burks Falls
    Ontario, Canada
  • A couple of well formed, trapezohedral crystals of spessartine garnet are embedded in feldspar-mica pegmatite in a displayable way. Nice example! 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! :)
ManganiteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #25161
  • Manganite
  • 7.0x4.9x4.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 10mm
  • $65.00
  • Tetagouche Falls, Bathurst Parish
  • Gloucester Co.
    New Brunswick, Canada
  • Here is an unusual locality. This specimen is mostly a manganite vug, largely filled with white baryte crystals but with some very sharp, well formed manganite crystals at the front and around the edges. The manganite crystals are well formed, elongated, terminated crystals. There was a small mine at this location, way back in the 1860s, that shipped manganese ore to England. It was short lived. Unusual!
Almandine GarnetCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #25147
  • Almandine Garnet
  • 4.1x3.0x3.1 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: as above
  • $40.00
  • Markstay
  • Awrey Township
    Ontario, Canada
  • A sharp, deep red, almandine crystal from this old locality near Markstay, Ontario, just east of Sudbury. This crystal, a simple dodecahedron, looks exactly like the examples on mindat.org.