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“Mine Cristal, where crystals and cristaline frequencies bring well-being.”

An extraordinary discovery: a crystal mine

In 1989 Gaudry and Pauline Normand founded Mine Crystal and began exploratory mining in Bonsecours, Quebec. The Normands discovered a rich mineral deposit of giant white quartz veins containing magnificent quartz crystals. Research indicated that this was the only mining region in Canada able to produce commercial quantities of rough quartz and first-quality quartz crystals.

Several vocations to preserve and protect the mine

From that point on, several objectives were established: to extract the rock crystals on a small scale with respect for environmental concerns; to create an interpretation center which would present the mine to visitors; to offer courses on subjects related to quartz crystals. In 1994, a cultural aspect was added, with the offering of live concerts on musical instruments made of crystalline materials. And since the beginning, we make various products in our crystal workshop.

These are the current vocations that coexist at Mine Cristal: mining, fabrication and sales of Quartzophone® instruments, Unison® concerts, store-museum.

Many different ways to enjoy the site

Mine Cristal is located in the Appalachian Mountains at an altitude of 400 meters (1,300 feet), in a pine tree forest with a beautiful view over distant mountains. Since 1989, more than 350,000 visitors have discovered us and participated in our activities. During the summer we hold special event days from time to time when the storemuseum is open and we offer Unison concerts on crystal musical instruments.

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The mine: locating treasures hidden underground for millions of years

Our mine is located in the same spot where many years ago, a company founded by Mr. Joseph-Armand Bombardier explored the possibility of mining quartz rock for industrial uses (1959 – 1963).

These days, the open-pit mine produces splendid quartz crystals with exceptional clarity. The largest single crystals measure 60 cm (24 inches) in length. Since we first began mining in 1989, 32 types, or morphologies of quartz crystals have been catalogued. Geological research into the origins of our quartz crystals has revealed that they formed at this location some 300 million years ago under extreme conditions of heat and pressure.

We have been continuously extracting crystals from the mine since 1989. As often as is necessary to supply our store, we mine a sufficient quantity of quartz crystals. Exceptionally (for a mine), we harvest the crystals by hand. It is a privilege for us to participate in the discovery and extraction of these true gems of nature. The extraction process is done in a manner which respects both the environment and the crystals: we endeavor to keep the crystals whole and in a pristine state. In the store-museum, our crystals are presented in an untouched, natural state. Amazingly, each crystal is an intricate work of art made by nature; no two are alike and this makes them even more fascinating!

Quartz crystals are rare and beautiful

Even though quartz makes up a third of the earth’s crust, there are only ten regions where top quality crystals justify their extraction: the Himalayas, Madagascar, Brazil, Columbia, the United States (Arkansas), Africa, Russia, Burma, China and Canada (Bonsecours, Quebec).

A natural energy vortex

Mine Cristal – a geological gem according to experts – can be classified as one of Canada’s great natural sites, due to it’s unique and abundant mineralogical deposits. Visitors return again and again to enjoy the powerful vortex of pure energy here.

See photos of us mining the crystals.

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