Princess Sodalite Mine
Barite from Morocco
I emerge from a pit at the Bear Lake Diggings with a crystal.
James examines the breccia at Cobalt in which diamonds have recently been found.
A corundum crystal that I found in a cutting just north of Cardiff.
A sample of gem quality peristerite from the crystal Lake Mine just north of Peterborough.
Some especially beautiful dog tooth spar that can be found in the vugs of the Niagara Region’s Lockport dolostone.
A hydrated cobalt arsenate mineral that is also known as ‘cobalt bloom’. It usually forms as powdery crusts and crystal forms are rare.
Translucent orange celestine that is found in the valley of the Credit River near Cataract, Ontario.
Buyers examine semi-precious beads at the Bancroft Gemboree, Canada’s largest gem and mineral show.
Hing is the proprietor of Winnie’s in downtown Bancroft. It is where you can satisfy all of your rockhound needs.
The Richardson Mine in eldorado Ontario was the site of Ontario’s first gold rush (1863).
Bear Lake is one of Bancroft’s classic collecting localities. it is famous for its apatite, titinite, feldspar and hornblende.
Cobalt is a living ghost town, strewn with old mining equipment and headframes, some are situated right in the center of the town.
There are some 400 abandoned silver mines around cobalt Ontario.
A sample of the minerals that can be found in the various quarries and dumps of Southern Ontario.
I found this on the dumps of Cobalt.
This is one specimen from the Madoc area that is quite typical of the minerals from the huge fluorite fissure that runs through Moira Lake.
At grace Lake we found this pocket of gem quality tremolite crystals.
High purity silver ore that has been cut and was on display at the Bancroft Gemboree.
Labradorite is a gem quality feldspar that comes in its finest variety as finnish spectrolite.
Hornblende - Bear Lake, Ontario.
Jeff Collens, Smart Mine.
Magnetite octahedrons - Bessemer Mine, Bancroft.
Metamict zircon with zoning
Michael Gordon, Crystal Lake Mine, Ontario
Old Mine building, Quebec.
Pyrite Pseudomorph - Wallingford-Back Mine, Quebec
Sphalerite - Montrose Occurence, Hamilton, Ontario
Spinel and garnet in marble - China
Wallingford - Back Mine, Quebec
Zircon - Saranac Zircon Mine, Tory Hill
Amazonite, Smart Mine, Ontario
Amphibole, Bear Lake
Fluorite - Madoc, Ontario
Galena and Calcite
A particularly fine example of marble, a common metamorphic rock in the Canadian shield. Both caves and mineral specimens can be found in Ontario’s marble.
In this syenite rock large corundum crystals can be found.