David K. Joyce

Altaite, Mattagami Lake Mine, Matagami, Quebec

Here are some ASTOUNDING specimens of altaite from one of the classic localities. These are extremely rich, with coarse cubic cleavages of tin-white altaite coursing through two types of matrices. One is a magnetite-rich matrix with rounded crystals of magnetite embedded in the rock and the altaite. The other is a sulphide- rich matrix (no magnetite) with pyrite and chalcopyrite inter-mixed with the altaite. There is supposed to be tellurantimony and mattagamite intermixed with the altaite. Honestly, I do not know what they look like or what size fraction they exist in, in these specimens (could be extremely fine-grained). I do know that they are GREAT specimens of altaite. Also, I note that the mine is named Mattagami Lake Mine (with two "tts"), whereas the town of Matagami and the actual Matagami Lake are spelled differently with one "t". I'm not sure why this is but if I find out, I'll let you know!

All prices in Canadian dollars. For payment in US$, deduct 19% or multiply by 0.81.

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Altaite, Sphalerite, ChalcopyriteAltaite, Mattagami Lake Mine, Matagami, Quebec
  • Item #16266
  • Altaite, Sphalerite, Chalcopyrite
  • 8.2x4.0x2.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $65.00
  • Mattagami Lake Mine
  • Matagami
    Quebec, Canada
  • Bright-silvery altaite cleavages are richly distributed through this matrix of rock and other sulphides. Very nice!
Altaite, ChalcopyriteAltaite, Mattagami Lake Mine, Matagami, Quebec
  • Item #16270
  • Altaite, Chalcopyrite
  • 3.6x4.2x3.1 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $65.00
  • Mattagami Lake Mine
  • Matagami
    Quebec, Canada
  • A rich zone of coarse, silvery-white altaite runs through the middle of this piece. Very rich!
Altaite, Chalcopyrite, SphaleriteAltaite, Mattagami Lake Mine, Matagami, Quebec
  • Item #16271
  • Altaite, Chalcopyrite, Sphalerite
  • 5.1x3.1x2.1 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $65.00
  • Mattagami Lake Mine
  • Matagami
    Quebec, Canada
  • This specimen is largely composed of sulphides with a rich concentration of coarse cleavages of silvery altaite.
AltaiteAltaite, Mattagami Lake Mine, Matagami, Quebec
  • Item #16273
  • Altaite
  • 3.5x3.0x1.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $65.00
  • Mattagami Lake Mine
  • Matagami
    Quebec, Canada
  • Silvery, coarse cleavages of altaite are visible throughout this piece. Rich specimen of this telluride mineral.
Altaite, Pyrrhotite, SphaleriteAltaite, Mattagami Lake Mine, Matagami, Quebec
  • Item #16274
  • Altaite, Pyrrhotite, Sphalerite
  • 6.5x3.1x2.1 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: cleavage-6mm, pyrr-2mm
  • $75.00
  • Mattagami Lake Mine
  • Matagami
    Quebec, Canada
  • Rich cleavages of altaite cover the top of this specimen of, mostly, various sulphides and a little calcite. There is even a 2mm sharp, striated pyrrhotite crystal.
AltaiteAltaite, Mattagami Lake Mine, Matagami, Quebec
  • Item #16276
  • Altaite
  • 5.9x3.8x0.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $40.00
  • Mattagami Lake Mine
  • Matagami
    Quebec, Canada
  • Rich, coarse altaite cleavages are well exposed all over this thin wedge.
AltaiteAltaite, Mattagami Lake Mine, Matagami, Quebec
  • Item #16278
  • Altaite
  • 5.7x2.1x1.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 4mm cleavages
  • $40.00
  • Mattagami Lake Mine
  • Matagami
    Quebec, Canada
  • Rich altaite cleavages interspersed through this fragment of mostly calcite.
AltaiteAltaite, Mattagami Lake Mine, Matagami, Quebec
  • Item #21471
  • Altaite
  • 8.5x6.6x2.7 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $75.00
  • Mattagami Lake Mine
  • Matagami
    Quebec, Canada
  • Rich blobs and inclusions of silvery altaite throughout this vein matrix. Some calcite also associated with the altaite. Rich! R
AltaiteAltaite, Mattagami Lake Mine, Matagami, Quebec
  • Item #21472
  • Altaite
  • 5.5x4.4x1.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $75.00
  • Mattagami Lake Mine
  • Matagami
    Quebec, Canada
  • Very rich cleavages of silvery altaite embedded in matrix. Very rich specimen of this telluride mineral. R
AltaiteAltaite, Mattagami Lake Mine, Matagami, Quebec
  • Item #21473
  • Altaite
  • 6.8x3.1x1.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $65.00
  • Mattagami Lake Mine
  • Matagami
    Quebec, Canada
  • Very rich specimen showing lots of cleavages of this silvery white telluride mineral. R