David K. Joyce Minerals

Quartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario

Amethyst from the Thunder Bay District is among the finest in North America, and specimens grace museums and private collections worldwide. The specimens in this group are truly special - they are the top quality Thunder Bay amethyst. Excellent quality Thunder Bay amethyst is very hard to obtain, primarily because decent sized vugs collapsed post formation, ie, Mother Nature has damaged the pocket contents before the first human eyes even see them. These specimens are from the collection of David Nicklin, representing the best of all specimens he and his son Ian mined at the Diamond Willow Mine over a period of over 30 years. They are absolutely remarkable for their lustre, colours and lack of damage compared to the vast majority of Thunder Bay amethysts mined over the years. This is a unique opportunity to acquire a Thunder Bay amethyst from a special lot! We don't expect that there will be another lot like this again in the future.

A new article is on this website in the "Articles" Section: Thunder Bay Amethyst (click here) It features lots of photos, including an image sequence of the mining process used by by David and Ian Nicklin to recover amethyst specimens at the Diamond Willow Mine.

Important Note: This lot of Thunder Bay amethyst specimens is being offered jointly with my good friend and collecting partner Raymond McDougall (www.mcdougallminerals.com). Different specimens are posted on each of our websites. I hope you will enjoy seeing the ones on his site too at: http://www.mcdougallminerals.com/Thunder-Bay-Amethyst.html.

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

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Quartz var. AmethystQuartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario
  • Item #15266
  • Quartz var. Amethyst
  • 6.6x5.7x3.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 17mm
  • $75.00
  • Diamond Willow Mine
  • McTavish Township, Thunder Bay District
    Ontario, Canada
  • An attractive mound of light amethyst quartz. tiny red hematite spherules sparsely scattered here and there. Displays perfectly!
Quartz var. AmethystQuartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario
  • Item #15267
  • Quartz var. Amethyst
  • 6.2x4.5x3.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 17mm
  • $110.00
  • Diamond Willow Mine
  • McTavish Township, Thunder Bay District
    Ontario, Canada
  • A very attractive mound of purple amethyst crystals with not hematite inclusions, whatsoever.
Quartz var. Amethyst, HematiteQuartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario
  • Item #15285
  • Quartz var. Amethyst, Hematite
  • 7.4x6.1x2.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 15mm
  • $140.00
  • Diamond Willow Mine
  • McTavish Township, Thunder Bay District
    Ontario, Canada
  • A luscious cluster of purple amethyst crystals nicely accented by areas of red hematite spherules inside the amethyst. Classic Thunder Bay!
Quartz var. Amethyst, HematiteQuartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario
  • Item #15288
  • Quartz var. Amethyst, Hematite
  • 6.6x5.6x3.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 6mm
  • $140.00
  • Diamond Willow Mine
  • McTavish Township, Thunder Bay District
    Ontario, Canada
  • An attractive, three dimensional mound of amethyst crystals nicely accented with areas of bright red hematite. A real Thunder Bay original! Excellent for display.
Quartz var. Amethyst, HematiteQuartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario
  • Item #15274
  • Quartz var. Amethyst, Hematite
  • 11.5x8.3x3.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 15mm
  • $175.00
  • Diamond Willow Mine
  • McTavish Township, Thunder Bay District
    Ontario, Canada
  • a nice, three dimensional, elongated mound of amethyst crystals with a nice medium colour, tinted by the presence of red inclusions of hematite. Displays well.
Quartz var. Amethyst, HematiteQuartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario
  • Item #15276
  • Quartz var. Amethyst, Hematite
  • 6.3x4.6x2.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 12mm
  • $160.00
  • Diamond Willow Mine
  • McTavish Township, Thunder Bay District
    Ontario, Canada
  • Very deep purple amethyst make up this great looking cluster. There are the usual inclusions of hematite just below the surface of the amethyst crystal faces. Excellent!
Quartz var. Amethyst, HematiteQuartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario
  • Item #15278
  • Quartz var. Amethyst, Hematite
  • 16.5x9.5x7.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 27mm
  • $350.00
  • Diamond Willow Mine
  • McTavish Township, Thunder Bay District
    Ontario, Canada
  • A rather large cluster of very lustrous, purple amethyst points. The crystals have the typical tiny round inclusions of hematite just below the surface of the crystals which give it a reddish tinge over the purple. Looks great!
Quartz var. Amethyst, HematiteQuartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario
  • Item #15287
  • Quartz var. Amethyst, Hematite
  • 6.5x5.5x3.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 24mm
  • $175.00
  • Diamond Willow Mine
  • McTavish Township, Thunder Bay District
    Ontario, Canada
  • A very sharp, good-looking amethyst cluster. The crystals are a fairly deep purple with some colour zonation. One side is a bit more heavily included with red hematite hemispheres. A very nice display specimen.
Quartz var. Amethyst, HematiteQuartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario
  • Item #15290
  • Quartz var. Amethyst, Hematite
  • 6.2x5.0x2.2 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 18mm
  • $160.00
  • Diamond Willow Mine
  • McTavish Township, Thunder Bay District
    Ontario, Canada
  • This good looking cluster shows medium -coloured amethyst, well accented by red-hematite inclusions. Classic Thunder Bay look!
Quartz var. Amethyst, HematiteQuartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario
  • Item #15231
  • Quartz var. Amethyst, Hematite
  • 13.5x7.5x5.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 14mm
  • $350.00
  • Diamond Willow Mine
  • McTavish Township, Thunder Bay District
    Ontario, Canada
  • A twisted plate of amethyst crystals with a fairly continuous layer of hematite inclusions just below the surface of the crystal faces. Lustre is excellent and the piece is very good-looking.
Quartz var. Amethyst, HematiteQuartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario
  • Item #15232
  • Quartz var. Amethyst, Hematite
  • 11.5x10.0x5.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 7mm
  • $350.00
  • Diamond Willow Mine
  • McTavish Township, Thunder Bay District
    Ontario, Canada
  • An interestingly shaped, very displayable specimen. The cause of this odd shape is that the amethyst crystals have formed over breccia fragments. Crystals are lustrous and partially included with hematite spherules. Interesting and good looking specimen.
Quartz var. Amethyst, HematiteQuartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario
  • Item #15233
  • Quartz var. Amethyst, Hematite
  • 13.3x10.7x5.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 12mm
  • $875.00
  • Diamond Willow Mine
  • McTavish Township, Thunder Bay District
    Ontario, Canada
  • A "hedgehog" double mound of crystals on brecciated matrix. The crystals are amethyst but with a fairly serious layer of hematite spherules just below the surface of the crystals which gives the crystals a red-brown appearance with just a little amethyst colour showing through. Handsome specimen!
Quartz var. Amethyst, HematiteQuartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario
  • Item #15235
  • Quartz var. Amethyst, Hematite
  • 10.1x4.8x5.7 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 16mm
  • $190.00
  • Diamond Willow Mine
  • McTavish Township, Thunder Bay District
    Ontario, Canada
  • This elongated, knobby mound of amethyst crystals has one much bigger crystal sticking up from the back. The crystals are fairly purple with some red tinges due to the hematite inclusions on most of the crystals. Displays very well.
Quartz var. Amethyst, Goethite, HematiteQuartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario
  • Item #15237
  • Quartz var. Amethyst, Goethite, Hematite
  • 7.7x5.5x2.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 17mm
  • $125.00
  • Diamond Willow Mine
  • McTavish Township, Thunder Bay District
    Ontario, Canada
  • A gorgeous mound of purple amethyst crystals, all with inclusions of red hematite spherules and sprays of goethite crystals. Very good display specimen!
Quartz var. Amethyst, HematiteQuartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario
  • Item #15238
  • Quartz var. Amethyst, Hematite
  • 6.9x7.0x2.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 6mm
  • $75.00
  • Diamond Willow Mine
  • McTavish Township, Thunder Bay District
    Ontario, Canada
  • A nice three-dimensional mound of medium coloured amethyst with a small amount of hematite inclusions. A little damage on top of one of the mounds. Displays well!
Quartz var. Amethyst, HematiteQuartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario
  • Item #15239
  • Quartz var. Amethyst, Hematite
  • 5.8x5.5x3.1 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 5mm
  • $75.00
  • Diamond Willow Mine
  • McTavish Township, Thunder Bay District
    Ontario, Canada
  • An attractive cluster of amethyst with beautiful colour! Looks great.
Quartz var. Amethyst, HematiteQuartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario
  • Item #15241
  • Quartz var. Amethyst, Hematite
  • 5.4x4.1x2.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 6mm
  • $75.00
  • Diamond Willow Mine
  • McTavish Township, Thunder Bay District
    Ontario, Canada
  • A wonderful cluster of dark purple, highly zoned amethyst crystals. The zoning in the amethyst crystals is a star zoning with six deep purple lines under the converging rhombohedral faces. Some bruising. Nice, though!
Quartz var. Amethyst, HematiteQuartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, Thunder Bay Region, Ontario
  • Item #15249
  • Quartz var. Amethyst, Hematite
  • 9.7x6.1x3.1 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 19mm
  • $175.00
  • Diamond Willow Mine
  • McTavish Township, Thunder Bay District
    Ontario, Canada
  • An oblong mound of amethyst crystals with a healthy dusting of hematite inclusions giving the cluster that Thunder Bay "purple-tinged with red" colouration. Larger crystals at one end. displays very well.