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Ontario Amethyst
Mining Ontario’s Amethyst

Several amethyst mines operate near Thunder Bay, all using the surface method of mining which, with controlled blasting, frees large blocks of rock from the ground. Miners using small hand tools to separate the crystals from the rock do the delicate work of breaking down these rock blocks. At some mines, visitors are welcome to search out their own crystals.

Plate of pale to dark purple amethyst on pink granite matrix from the Pearl area.
Plate of pale to dark purple amethyst on pink granite matrix from the Pearl area.

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