David K. Joyce

NATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities

Native elements are those minerals that are made up of a single element, uncombined with any other element, unlike most minerals which are combinations of elements. Most elements are fairly reactive and so during geological processes, combine with other elements to form the various minerals that we are familiar with. So elements that occur as pure elemental substances are relatively rare! After all, there is lots of carbon in the earth since it is a main component of calcite and coal but not there isn't much carbon in the form of diamonds! Here are a few interesting ones. For copper, silver and gold, please look under separate pages titled with the names of those elements.

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Bismuth, SideriteNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #14477
  • Bismuth, Siderite
  • 1.8x1.4x0.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $25.00
  • Lauta
  • Saxony
    Germany
  • Rich mixture of coarse cleavages of native bismuth and siderite. One larger piece and several smaller.
Nickeline, Bismuth, SkutteruditeNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #19923
  • Nickeline, Bismuth, Skutterudite
  • 6.0x4.1x3.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $55.00
  • Eldorado Mine
  • Great Bear Lake, Port Radium
    Northwest Territories, Canada
  • This matrix which is composed mostly of nickeline and skutterudite, is also laced with lustrous, perfect cleavages of native bismuth. A very good specimen of this interesting assemblage.
Arsenic, SilverNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #20112
  • Arsenic, Silver
  • 8.0x6.5x1.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $85.00
  • Pohla
  • Schwarzenberg, Erzgebirge
    Saxony, Germany
  • An interesting sawn and polished slice of silver and arsenic mineralization. It shows silver crystals at the core, over grown by inter-banded native arsenic and calcite, with calcite as the main vein gangue mineral. It is possible that some of the arsenic is stibarsen but I cannot be sure. Very nice specimen of this famous combination!
AntimonyNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #20596
  • Antimony
  • 6.6x5.5x1.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $75.00
  • Lac Nicolet Antimony Mine
  • Ham Sud (South Ham)
    Quebec, Canada
  • This piece is mostly heavy, metallic, fine-grained native antimony with the margins containing some kermesite, valentinite, etc. A vein section!
AntimonyNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #20705
  • Antimony
  • 8.9x7.6x4.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $140.00
  • Lac Nicolet Antimony Mine
  • Ham Sud (South Ham)
    Quebec, Canada
  • This specimen is actually a vein section composed, mostly of solid, fine grained native antimony. At the margins of the vein are small crystals of valentinite, kermesite and stibnite. Old locality, long closed.
Bismuth, Bismuthinite, SphaleriteNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #20905
  • Bismuth, Bismuthinite, Sphalerite
  • 3.8x3.2x2.4 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 1mm
  • $40.00
  • Wakefield
    Quebec, Canada
  • Rich, highly brilliant, cleavages of native bismuth are embedded in fine grained silver-grey bismuthinite in quartz in this unusual specimen. A little sphalerite is also present.
ArsenicNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #22648
  • Arsenic
  • 1.3x1.0x0.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 3mm
  • $65.00
  • Akadani Mine
  • Shimo-Ajimi, Fukui-ken
    Japan
  • This is a classic for native arsenic! A rounded aggregate of arsenic showing protruding fairly sharp arsenic crystals. Excellent!
ArsenicNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #24244
  • Arsenic
  • 5.9x5.4x2.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $45.00
  • Merry Widow Mine
  • Port McNeill
    British Columbia, Canada
  • This specimen is mostly native arsenic with a little calcite and arsenic oxides associated. Some botryoidal structure noticeable but barely. Rich specimen from an unusual locality! s
ArsenicNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #24840
  • Arsenic
  • 5.7x4.2x2.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $45.00
  • Merry Widow Mine
  • Port McNeill
    British Columbia, Canada
  • A piece of, mostly, native arsenic from this long-closed mine on Vancouver Island. It is weathered shows some arsenic oxide coating and botryoidal structure. You know how I usually say "Displays well"? or "Looks great!"? Well, this one doesn't! :) BUT is is excellent native arsenic! s
BismuthNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #24850
  • Bismuth
  • 7.3x6.0x3.4 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $65.00

  • Japan
  • Rich clots of native bismuth in quartz matrix from Japan. Sorry, that is the only locality data that I have. Rich! s
Mercury, CinnabarNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #25185
  • Mercury, Cinnabar
  • 9.8x4.8x4.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $85.00
  • Humbolt Co.

  • Nevada, USA
  • Here is a nice specimen from an old mercury-rich part of Nevada! This matrix is fairly sheared up, tortured rock with the top of it richly endowed with red cinnabar. There is a wide shallow cavity in the cinnabar that is lined with liquid mercury either totally coating the cinnabar or in droplets. Rich example of this native element!
AntimonyNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #25994
  • Antimony
  • 3.2x2.1x1.1 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $45.00
  • Lake George Antimony Mine
  • Prince William Parish, York Co.
    New Brunswick, Canada
  • Pure, silvery native antimony is present on this exposed seam in black rock matrix. This was an active antimony mine up until 20 years or so ago, long closed now.
Mercury, Cinnabar, QuartzNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #26498
  • Mercury, Cinnabar, Quartz
  • 7.5x4.5x4.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $110.00
  • Almaden

  • Spain
  • This specimen is a piece of very cinnabar-rich quartz, vein material with a large opening on the top. There are lots of mercury droplets here and there in the quartz lined opening, plus some sharp, red cinnabar crystals. Excellent native mercury specimen.
Silver, Sphalerite, GalenaNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #26974
  • Silver, Sphalerite, Galena
  • 5.8x5.0x4.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 3mm
  • $75.00
  • Creede

  • Colorado, USA
  • This vein material is laced through with crystallized silver, considting of elongated crystals, often in "Herringbone" crystal habit. The white matrix is mostly quartz but some big areas of white calcite. Also some honey-brown sphalerite crystals and small galena crystals embedded in the matrix. Copy of an old label from "The Prospect Hole, Creede, Colorado" accompanies the specimen. Nice piece from an old Colorado mining area.
Tellurium, QuartzNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #28188
  • Tellurium, Quartz
  • 4.3x3.1x2.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 7mm cleavage
  • $85.00
  • Moctezuma Mine
  • Sonora
    Mexico
  • This is a sort of nodule composed, mostly of native tellurium that has tiny quartz crystals suspended through it. The tellurium is very lustrous on the broken surfaces with a bright metallic colour. There are also tellurite minerals in porous spaces of the quartz but not good crystals. Nice example of native tellurium!