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!
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!
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.
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!
AlmandineCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24247
  • Almandine
  • 5.7x5.2x2.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 32mm
  • $40.00
  • Markstay
  • Awrey Township
    Ontario, Canada
  • There are several sharp, dodecahedral crystals of this type of garnet embedded in mica schist. The larger the crystal the darker the red. The smaller crystal beside the larger one is a much lighter pinky-red. s
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
Ilmenite, ArsenopyriteCanadian Specimens, Various Localities
  • Item #24353
  • Ilmenite, Arsenopyrite
  • 8.1x6.0x4.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: il-9mm, ars-6mm
  • $45.00
  • Saint-Urbain
  • Charlevoix
    Quebec, Canada
  • Here is an unusual one! Platy crystals of steel-grey ilmenite and bright, lustrous, silvery, wedge-shaped arsenopyrite are nicely exposed in this vug. Interesting locality piece!