Rockhounding Hobby Supply Sources - GTA area & beyond
- Southern Ontario
|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 tools, equipment & supplies for you
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
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
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.
- Rock Shops & Rocks, Minerals, Wirework & Jewellery Making
- Lapidary Equipment,
Services & Supplies
- Tools & Safety Equipment
- Agate Art & Stained Glass
- Soapstone &
- Wood Hobby,
Turning & Related Findings
1) Rock Shops & Rocks, Minerals, Wirework & Jewellery Making
supplies & Classes
These stores sell rough, cabs, findings, jewellery making tools,
wire, mineral specimens, sculptures. Some supply services unique to
- Ambient Enterprise Inc. Markham
Sells beading supplies.
- Arton Beads Toronto
Queen St. Beading Supplies
is a bead shop that sells beading supplies & has lessons.
It sells C-Lon cord. It is located in
the Eglington & Victoria Park area in Toronto.
- Bead Rock
is a store in Ajax Ontario that not only sells beads
& stones, but also offers Jewellery Making
Workshops. Wireworking is one aspect of the rockhounding hobby that many
- Bling Bling on Queen
Toronto 448 Queen St. Beads
- Blue Sapphire Beads
The owners of this store host The Gem Expo - a new Jewellery,
Bead & Mineral show in Toronto.
Canada Beading Supply
This supplier is present at most Ontario rock & gem shows.
- Crystal Palace Gems Minerals
Toronto These dealers appear to offer
their wares online and at the CNE
- DeSerres Richmond Hill
This is a well established fine art supply
store (formerly Loomis & Tooles) that has a decent range of
jewellery making supplies. A store has just opened up near us at
Yonge & 16th Avenue 9325 Yonge St. Richmond Hill
Other locations in the GTA are on Spadina Ave, Danforth
East and Eglington Ave.
- Eisinger Canada Ltd.
1111 Finch Ave. West #34, Toronto
ON Jewellery tools & equipment
- Fabucraft Beads
Steeles Avenue West Unit 31B Thornhill /
Lots of rock & mineral beads and supplies for the beader & lapidary
- Fancy Gems and Accessories
Queen St. Bead Supplies
specializes in South
American Gemstones. They have a location on Danforth in
Toronto as well as a store in
- Gesswein Canada www.gessweincanada.com
Atwell Dr. Rexdale,
ON Jewellery tools & equipment
- Gifts from the Earth 320
Danforth Ave, Toronto Minerals, fossils
- Gneiss Guy Minerals & Fossils Warehouse
Gartshore St. Unit #19, Fergus ON N1M
These dealers can be found at most local rock & gem shows.
- Handy & Harman
- H&W Perrin
90 Thorncliffe Park Drive Toronto
Watch & Jewellery tools & equipment
- Lacy & Company - 69
Queen St. East, 2nd floor Toronto, ON 1-800-387-4466, 416-365-1375
- Jewellery making supplies, lapidary, silver smithing
- London Beadery
Supplies for beaders. London ON
Lots of rock & mineral beads and supplies for the beader &
lapidary enthusiast. http://londonbeadery.com/
- McDonald and Wang Wholesale Gemstone
9 Bertrand Ave, Toronto
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 This photography studio will
photograph your mineral collection.
- NHARO! Fair Trade African Art &
The owners of this store have a personal connection with an art
cooperative in Africa and import many beautiful sculptures made of
rocks & minerals.
- Rio Grande Jewelry Making
A large selection of wirework &
jewellery making suplies.
Manhattan, New York
(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.
- Silver Dawn Jewels
Affordable, quality beading components - findable on Facebook
- Stockade Supply -
Guelph, ON 1-800-463-0929
- 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
- Stones & Findings - Premium Wholesale
Jewellery Components Toronto
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. -
- The Beadery
Queen St. Beading supplies & jewellery findings.
That Bead Lady
Beading supplies & classes.
Beading Class List :
- The Rock Store Ed mirvish
Village, Toronto This is a crystal
healing centre that also carries rocks & minerals.
- The Russian Stone Centre Point
Mall, Toronto These dealers are at most
local rock & gem shows and carry minerals as well as jewellery.
- Umicore Jewellery and Industrial Metals
Markham Metal Supplier
- Walmart Canada -
Toronto, ON & elsewhere
- We are told that the craft section in this chain store has craft
wire and other items useful for wireworkers
2) Lapidary Equipment, Services
- GMB Services
Richmond Hill If you need to have a
rock cut, slabbed or polished,
- Robert Hall Originals 138 Sugar Maple Rd,
St. George, Ontario N0E 1N0
- lapidary equipment such as tumblers, grinders & arbors, saws
- rough, cabs, slabs, rocks
- Rock of Ages Lapidary & Crafts -
Kleinburg, ON 10477
Islington Ave. 905-893-1022
- This location is said to have tumblers. Call to confirm.
3) Tools & Safety Equipment
- Lee Valley Tools -
Toronto, ON & elsewhere
- respirators, face shields
- craft supplies are mainly for woodworkers but some are applicable
like clock parts & pen set findings
- Classes in many wood related hobbies
5) Soapstone & Ornamental
- Cedar Creek Studio 4474 Old Scugog
Road, Hampton ON
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.
- 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)
- Stoneman Distributors -
London ON 519-668-3996
Supplier of sopastone and carving tools
Turning & Related Findings - can be used
for wood or stone crafts
- Artistic Wood & Tool Supply Inc.
Exotic woods, findings for wood & stone crafts like pen sets,
clocks, small projects. Offers turning classes - including turning jewellery. Some soapstone.
- Century Mill Lumber
Lumber, burls, exotic wood for small projects & turnings. Great
source of wood for bases or projects.