Suppliers, Rock Shops, Stores for Hobbyists
Once you start collecting rocks, you find yourself drawn to many different aspects of the hobby. Some of these are : lapidary arts, wirework, cabbing, jewellery making, spheres and tumbling rocks. The hardest part then becomes finding a reliable & affordable source of specimens, roough, tools, equipment & supplies for you hobby.
This page is geared to Rockhounds in the Greater Toronto Area in Southern Ontario because that is where this web site originates from. Although the Internet is great source, most of what is available online is from the USA & shipping & import duties add significantly to cost of things. For this reason, we have decided to present a page which reflects the recommendations of the Rockhounds we know. If you know of a source that you think would be great for hobbyists to know about, the drop us a line. This is an evolving project.
Things for sale can be rocks, minerals, fossils, lapidary & wireworking supplies, stained glass supplies and beads. Stone sculptures and decorative pieces are also often found in these stores. All of these shops have a home store, and some also sell at fairs and shows. Some offer hobby related classes. In general, it is fair to say that the owners of these shops are knowledgeable & friendly. As you get to know them, you will find that they are as passionate about your hobby as you are!;-)
Be sure to call ahead and make sure they are open when you plan to visit. Although there are probably many more, these are the ones we know of that are fairly easily accessible from the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario. A few of the suppliers are OnLine & we know of people who recommend these sites and they ship to Canada.
BUYER BEWARE: This list is provided as a service and we are not paid to maintain it. Although we recommend these places as a good starting point for your quest, we do not warrant the accuracy of our listing nor do we vouch for those who are listed here although in most cases we have had personal contact with many of those listed below and use them ourselves. However if you have an extremely negative experience, let us know - we do not want to continue to steer customers to businesses that do not act in good faith.
We have created the following categories to help you find what you may be looking for:
- Rock Shops & Rocks, Minerals, Wirework & Jewellery Making Supplies
- Lapidary Equipment, Services & Supplies
- Rock Art & Stained Glass
- Soapstone & Ornamental Rocks
- Wood Hobby, Turning & Related Findings
- Rock Shops & Rocks, Minerals, Wirework & Jewellery Making supplies
Rock Shops & Rocks, Minerals, Wirework & Jewellery Making Supplies
These stores sell rough, cabs, findings, jewellery making tools, wire, mineral specimens, sculptures. Some supply services unique to our hobby.
Ambient Enterprise Inc. Markham ON Sells beading supplies. http://www.gemsnbeads.com/
Arton Beads Toronto Toronto Queen St. Beading Supplies http://www.artonbeads.net/
BeadFX Toronto ON ~ a bead shop that sells beading supplies & has lessons. It sells C-Lon cord. It is located in the Eglington & Victoria Park area. http://www.beadfx.com/
Bling Bling Toronto ON ~ sells beads at 448 QueenSt.
Blue Sapphire Beads Maple ON http://www.bluesapphirebeads.com/ The owners of this store host The Gem Expo - a new Jewellery, Bead & Mineral show in Toronto.
Canada Beading Supply Ottawa ON This supplier is present at most Ontario rock & gem shows. www.canbead.com
Crystal Palace Gems & Minerals Toronto ON These dealers appear to offer their wares online and at the CNE http://www.crystal-palaces.com/about-us
David K. Joyce Minerals Newmarket ON David Joyce is an avid rockhound & mineral dealer. He is well known for his Canadian minerals. http://www.davidkjoyceminerals.com/
DeSerres Richmond Hill ON This is a well established fine art supply store (formerly Loomis & Tooles) that has a decent range of jewellery making supplies. http://www.deserres.ca/en-CA/
Eisinger Canada Ltd. Toronto ON http://www.eisingercanada.com/ 1111 Finch Ave. West #34, Toronto ON Jewellery tools & equipment
Fabucraft Beads Thornhill ON 100 Steeles Avenue West Unit 31B Thornhill / Woodbridge ON http://www.beadsfabucraft.com/ Lots of rock & mineral beads and supplies for the beader & lapidary enthusiast.
Fancy Gems and Accessories TorontoON Queen St. Bead Supplies http://www.facebook.com/FancyGems
Gem Capital Toronto ON specializes in South American Gemstones. They have a location on Danforth in Toronto as well as a store in Markham. http://www.gemcapital.ca/
Gesswein Canada Toronto ON www.gessweincanada.com 317 Atwell Dr. Jewellery tools & equipment
Gifts from the Earth Toronto ON 320 Danforth Ave Minerals, fossils & jewellery http://www.giftsfromtheearth.ca/site2/Gifts_from_the_Earth_Toronto.html
Gneiss Guy Minerals & Fossils Warehouse Fergus ON 820 Gartshore St. Unit #19 http://www.gneissguy.ca/ These dealers can be found at most local rock & gem shows.
Handy & Harman Etobicoke ON http://www.handyharman.com/hhcanada.php Metal Suppliers
Hunters Precious Metals London ON London's Farmers & Artisan Market - upstairs Western Fair Grounds - sell rocks, minerals, jewellery http://www.hunterspreciousmetalsandrocks.com/
H&W Perrin Toronto ON http://www.perrinwatchparts.com/ 90 Thorncliffe Park Drive Watch & Jewellery tools & equipment
Lacy & Company Toronto ON 69 Queen St. East, 2nd floor 1-800-387-4466, 416-365-1375 http://www.lacytools.ca/ Jewellery making supplies, lapidary, silver smithing
London Beadery London ON Classes & Supplies for beaders. Lots of rock & mineral beads and supplies for the beader & lapidary enthusiast. http://londonbeadery.com/
McDonald and Wang Wholesale Gemstones Toronto ON 9 Bertrand Ave 647-725-5343 cell 416-898-4788 David & Lois McDonald Cabs, Beads, Findings
Michaels Canada Toronto ON & elsewhere. This arts & craft chain store has a wide selection of tools & materials for wireworkers
Michael J Bainbridge Photography Minden ON This photography studio will photograph your mineral collection. http://www.theoccurrence.ca/Bainbridge%20Photo.pdf
NHARO! Fair Trade African Art & Products Toronto ON http://www.nharo.com/ The owners of this store have a personal connection with an art cooperative in Africa and import many beautiful sculptures made of rocks & minerals. African mineral specimens available also. Online orders available and present at many local shows & events
Rio Grande Jewelry Making Albuquerque NM http://www.riogrande.com/ A large selection of wirework & jewellery making suplies. Great source of wire.
RockStarCrystals Manhattan, NY (OK so this is a bit far from the GTA) www.rockstarcrystalsmanhattan.com 150 W 28th St, Suite 201B (Second Floor), New York We have over 140 different crystals and minerals from around the world, and we even carry fossils, shells, and meteorites - many at reasonable prices that kids can afford.
Roger's Minerals Worldwide Rare Minerals Sudbury ON ~ Run by Roger Poulin, a well known Ontario rockhound, this mail order business operates online. http://www.rogersminerals.com/
Silver Dawn Jewels Vaughan ON Affordable, quality beading components - findable on Facebook
Stockade Supply - Guelph, ON This is a Woodworker & Crafters supplier that has a mailorder catalogue & web site. It has beads, craft wire, wire jigs, jewellery making tools, findings and other jewellery craft items. 1-800-463-0929 https://stockade.ca/
Stones & Findings - Premium Wholesale Jewellery Components Toronto http://www.stonesandfindings.com/ This company is at a number of shows and also has occassional sales where the prices are as if you were buying wholesale.
Toth's Fossil's and Minerals Ingersoll, Ontario - This is a family run business with a large selection of rocks & minerals. - http://tothsfossilsandminerals.com/
The Beadery Toronto Queen St. Beading supplies & jewellery findings. http://www.thebeadery.ca/
That Bead Lady Newmarket Beading supplies & classes. http://www.thatbeadlady.com/
The Rock Store Ed mirvish Village, Toronto This is a crystal healing centre that also carries rocks & minerals. http://www.therockstore.ca/
The Russian Stone Centre Point Mall, Toronto These dealers are at most local rock & gem shows and carry minerals as well as jewellery. http://www.therussianstone.com/index.php
Umicore Jewellery and Industrial Metals Markham Metal Supplier http://www.umicorepreciousmetals.com/Home/Aboutus/
Lapidary Equipment, Services & Supplies
GMB Services Richmond Hill ON If you need to have a rock cut, slabbed or polished, contact us. http://www.gmbservices.ca/
Kingsley North Norway, MIGreat online source for lapidary equipment www.kingsleynorth.com
Rio Grande Albuquerque NM http://www.riogrande.com/ A large selection of jewellery making equipment
Robert Hall Originals St. George ON 138 Sugar Maple Rd, St. George http://www.roberthalloriginals.com/ lapidary equipment such as tumblers, grinders & arbors, saws rough, cabs, slabs, rocks
Soapstone & Ornamental Rocks
Cedar Creek Studio Hampton ON 4474 Old Scugog Road This family run business has a great variety of decorative stones for landscaping purposes. These include white onyx, driftwood stone (petrified wood), basalt & over 40 varieties of colourful stones. http://www.cedarcreekcanada.com/aboutus.html
Chinese Soapstone & Wen's Art World Toronto ON Wen is a talented stone sculptor who does jade and soapstone carvings & ice sculptures. He also sells soapstone from his warehouse (by appointment) http://www.chinesesoapstone.com/
Stoneman Distributors - London ON 519-668-3996 http://stonemandist.homestead.com/index.html Supplier of sopastone and carving tools
Agate Art & Stained Glass
A.J. Stained Glass Toronto ON ~ Artistic Glass This is a well established glass supply & hobbyist store that also provides classes. The store is located near High Park http://www.artisticglass.com/AJStainedGlassSupply.htm
Fantasy in Glass Toronto ON ~ source of stained glass supplies which can also be used in making agate art. 703 The Queensway http://www.fantasyinglass.com/fantasyinglass.com/Welcome.html solder, grinders, copper foil
Glasstronomy Studios Thornhill ON 2600 John St. Unit 108 Stained glass studio & supplies. This is a studio that promotes the glass hobbyist community and specializes in fused glass & classes. http://www.glasstronomystudios.ca/
Sunshine Glassworks Ltd. Buffalo, NY USA This well stocked shop is within driving distance of Toronto & sells online as well. http://www.sunshineglass.com/
Other Hobby or Handywork Stores - can be used for stone crafts
Artistic Wood & Tool Supply Inc. Toronto ON www.Woodchuckers.com Exotic woods, findings for wood & stone crafts like pen sets, clocks, small projects. Offers turning classes - including turning jewellery. Some soapstone.
Century Mill Lumber Stouffville ON www.centurymill.com Lumber, burls, exotic wood for small projects & turnings. Great source of wood for bases or projects.
Lee Valley Tools - Toronto, ON & elsewhere http://www.leevalley.com/en/home.aspx respirators, face shields, craft supplies are mainly for woodworkers but some are applicable like clock parts & pen set findings
Princess Auto Newmarket ON & many places in Ontario http://www.princessauto.com/en/locations They have safety equipment, disposable masks, aprons and other rockhounding gear.
Tandy Leather Markam ON and numerous other places http://www.tandyleather.ca/en-cad/home/home.aspx?countryid=998 belt buckle blanks