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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Silver, ArsenicNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #29070
  • Silver, Arsenic
  • 9.6x7.0x3.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 10mm
  • $450.00
  • Pohla, Erzgebirge
  • Saxony
    Germany
  • This specimen is a classic! It is a large fragment of native arsenic where a little of the arsenic has been dissolved away to expose crystals of native silver. The silver is in dendritic form, a slightly darkened, fairly thick and closely clustered in some areas and spread out and very frond-like in other areas. Could be etched further! A Bergakademie Freiberg label accompanies the specimen.
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.
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.
Campo del Cielo MeteoriteNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #28858
  • Campo del Cielo Meteorite
  • 2.4x1.2x1.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $75.00
  • Gran Chaco Gualamba

  • Argentina
  • A fragment of this large meteorite first discovered in 1572. Many additional pieces have been found over the years. Here is a nice example of this nickel-iron meteorite!
IronNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #28865
  • Iron
  • 1.9x1.6x0.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $55.00
  • Kureika
  • Plateau Putorana, Central Siberia
    Russia
  • Large blebs of native iron are nicely exposed in this sawn, shaped, basaltic matrix. From one of the few localities in the world to produce this rare mineral!
Iron, TerrestrialNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #28992
  • Iron, Terrestrial
  • 14.0x9.5x8.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $1,900.00
  • Hungtukan Massif
  • Taimyr, Siberia
    Russia
  • The largest specimen of native iron that I have ever seen! This large nodule of native iron is mostly composed of iron with some black rock included or surrounding it. The piece is sawn on the front and exposes the fascinating mineralogical texture within. How does native iron form? In this case, the dark, ultrabasic iron-silicate containing rock, intruded through carbonaceous sediments. In the process, a reduction recation occurred between the rock and the carbon in the sediments to produce clots of native iron! This is the biggest and best sample I have seen. Displays perfectly!
Mercury, CinnabarNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #29075
  • Mercury, Cinnabar
  • 8.0x5.2x4.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $325.00
  • Almaden
  • Ciudad Real
    Spain
  • This is one of the richest native mercury specimens that I've seen! The front of this specimen exposes a quartz-cinnabar vein with a wide opening that is stuffed with native mercury between the crystals. If you look closely at the mercury, you can see that is is largely balls of liquid mineral. The ONLY liquid mineral! Of course, this specimen comes from the famous Almaden Mine, which has been mined for millennia, since the time of the Romans!
Osmium, (var. Iridosmine)NATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #29109
  • Osmium, (var. Iridosmine)
  • 0.2x0.3x0.05 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: as above
  • $85.00
  • Nizhne, Tagilsk
  • Ural Mtns
    Russia
  • A small nugget of this rare native element specimen! Solid.
DiamondNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #29068
  • Diamond
  • 1-3 mm each cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 1-3mm
  • $350.00
  • Kimberley
    South Africa
  • Here is an interesting one! Eight rough diamonds! They are not so rough though. Two are sharp, greenish octahedra while one is a colourless octahedron. One is a sharp, yellow cube with some sort twinning happening. One is a deep, yellow rounded, twinned macle. One is an elongated colourless, complex twin. One is a distorted but very sharp octahedron. All are gemmy and lustrous crystals of this mineral, the hardest known.
Platinum, GoldNATIVE ELEMENTS, Various Localities
  • Item #29117
  • Platinum, Gold
  • 0.3x0.3x0.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: as above
  • $110.00
  • Ledyanoi Dep., nr Korf
  • Kamchatka Pen.
    , Russia
  • Here is an unusual nugget! It is a metallic nugget composed of TWO precious elements, platinum and gold. Rare and excellent!