David K. Joyce

Tellurium, Altaite, Bennett Lake, Ontario

I've taken these specimens off of this website temporarily. Reliable analyses indicate that the minerals that I thought may be present may not be present but some fairly rare tellurium minerals may be! I have withdrawn them until we figure out what they really are.

Two visits have been made to this locality to collect specimens that I know of. One was by a prominent museum and the specimens shown here are mostly the result of that effort. The second was by a prominent mineral dealer and the same museum. The second trip recovered very few specimens. Anyway, here are specimens from the Bennet Lake Property. They are nice specimens of coarsely cleaved native tellurium and coarsely cleaved altaite, some with some interesting associated minerals such as tellurite and ilmenite. Tellurium and altaite look similar at first glance but tellurium has prominent hexagonal cleavage while altait has a subtly different colour and very good cubic cleavage. I hope that you find them interesting.

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

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Tellurium, IlmeniteTellurium, Altaite, Bennett Lake, Ontario
  • Item #22104
  • Tellurium, Ilmenite
  • 6.4x5.9x5.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 6mm cleavage
  • $85.00
  • Bennett Lake
  • Bennett Township
    Ontario, Canada
  • The top of this specimen has cleavages of native tellurium, partially covered by thin-bladed, hexagonal crystals of ilmenite. Odd association!