GEM & MINERAL COLLECTOR SHOPPING
Wondering where to buy your latest tool? Or maybe there is a particular gem you are searching for. We have compiled a list of rock shops and facilities for you to browse. Some are local to the area, and others are a little further away. Either way, we hope you can find what you’re looking for. What is a Rock Shop you ask? It’s a place you can visit, sometimes in person – sometimes online, to admire and maybe buy a few nice pieces. Some rock shops will sell rocks, minerals, gems and fossils, books about rocks; and cool things made out of rocks. Some rock shops will even sell the tools needed to collect rocks and polish them. You may want to call ahead to see what kind of rock shop you’re visiting, to make sure they offer what you’re looking for.
The Princess Sodalite Mine Rock Shop
31241 Hwy 28E
The Princess Sodalite Mine Rock Shop offers Local and Worldwide Mineral and Fossil Specimens and Rock Farm Collecting
Some Items You’ll Find in Their Store:
- Canadian Soapstone Carvings
- Silver & Gemstone
- Candle holders
- Book ends
- Wind chimes
- Decorative minerals
- Large slices of various attractive stone
- Rock Crafts & Gifts
Click here for more information on the Princess Sodalite Mine Rock Shop
29277 highway 28 South
Established in 1999, Lakeside Gems is located in just outside beautiful Bancroft, Ontario. As one of Canada’s few authorized dealers for Estwing Geological Tools and Lortone Rock Tumblers, Lakeside Gems has a full line of high-quality North American manufactured equipment. They also have all the tools any prospective or experienced rockhound enthusiast would need.
Lakeside Gems offers an extensive selection of local and international minerals and semi-precious gemstone gifts. These stunning specimens and decorative pieces would be great additions to any collection.
Visit their website for more information: https://lakesidegems.com/
Ontario Rock Shops outside the Bancroft Area
Rox Rock Shop
25 Bedford Street
Rox Rock Shop located in Westport, Ontario offers a large selection of stones and rock specimens collected across Ontario and in the Southwest U.S. Tumbled and finished pieces are prepared and handcrafted at their shop, Just a 45-minute drive north of Kingston on the Rideau Lakes, many of their stones are used for metaphysical purposes and in the making of jewellery.
Visit their Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/ROXRockShop
3593 Flinton Road
Gemini Rockworks is a seeded rock farm with an indoor rock shop, located in Flinton, Ontario. We sell rock art, semi-precious stone jewelry, cut gems, crystal points and clusters, rough lapidary material, cabinet display specimens, and mineral specimens for the collector. Pick-your-own spectacular rocks by the pound!
Visit their Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/geminirockworks/
714 Front Road
Very Shari carries a selection of Crystal and stone pendulums, tumbled stones, crystal balls, geodes and many other rocks. They also have jewellery, incense, candles, fragrant oils, scares, pashminas, woolen mitts and hats, salt lamps in every shape and size, ceramic rain-forest frogs, Turkish trinkets, Buddhist figures, singing bowls,candles, picture frames and so much more!
Visit their website for more info: https://shopveryshari.com
128A Park St. N
Carrying some of the most unique gems on the market, at reasonable prices. Black, white, yellow, and pink moonstone, sunstone, jade, beryls, sodalite, fossils, topaz, and a variety of minerals are some of the things you’ll find at Ontario Gemstones in Peterborough.
Visit their website for more info: https://www.ontariogemstones.ca/
ROCK COLLECTING TIPS
Catalog your collection from the start. It will be an overwhelming task if you wait until you have 500 specimens in your collection.
Find your local mineral club, and become a member. Clubs can provide information, field trips, news and friends.
Invest in a compass and learn how to use it. You don’t want to get lost in the woods.
Invest in some good tools. They will make your job easier, and last.
When you’re getting started, but a good book, and use it.