Mineral Awards


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Mineral Awards awarded by: The CCFMS

The normal mineral category has two sub categories:

  1. The Ann Sabina Award (which covers self collected with some restrictions)
  2. CCFMS Award - Open category 

It is feasible to adapt to the particular club hosting the award, which may want to specialize a particular aspect of the hobby - in the case of minerals this would likely be micro mounts. In which case the CCFMS awards committee must be given notice no later than 90 days after awarding the host for this award, so that it can inform other clubs of this specialty change. If the specialty rules the day - the 2 sub category awards would be self collected and open, and no Ann Sabina award would be given that year because micro mounts don’t qualify. The other restriction would be if a specialty is chosen in one year, that specialty, can’t be used the following year. If a club can think of other specialties (other than micro’s) they should seek approval from the CCFMS Awards Committee

i) Ann Sabina Award -Self Collected Sub Category

Awarded by: The Mineralogical Association of Canada

This award is presented to provide a form for the exhibit of self-collected Canadian minerals and a base for friendly competition amongst CCFMS members


i) Must be a member in good standing within your own club and the CCFMS
ii) Previous winners need to allow 3 years to lapse before entering again. New minerals must be exhibited for each competition.
iii) Minerals must be Canadian
iv) Minerals must be self-collected
v) 10-20 minerals presented and labeled
vi) Size of specimens: Thumbnail to hand size


Judging to be based on:

i) Quality of specimens
ii) Accuracy in labeling (name of minerals, location and classification)
iii) Rarity
iv) Showmanship (Layout of case)


  1. Beginner $100.00 -- 1-5 years collecting
  2. Advanced $150.00 -- 5+ years collecting

The only award given at the show itself is the standard CCFMS show award to be kept by the winner. Your cheque will be received as soon as MAC has notification of the winners (from the chair of the Awards Committee) and has time to process it (usually 3-4 weeks).

Administered by: CCFMS Vice President on behalf of The Mineralogical Association of Canada.


ii) Open Mineral Sub Category. Awarded by the CCFMS


i) Must be a member in good standing within your own club and the CCFMS.

ii) Previous winners need to allow 3 years to lapse before entering again. New minerals must be exhibited for each competition for previous winners.

iii) Minerals can be terrestrial or ex-terrestrial and not restricted to Canada except Ann Sabina Award.

iv) The mineral specimens can be self-collected or purchased or traded

v) 10-20 minerals presented and labeled unless larger than hand size, in which case you can deduct 5 minerals for each oversized specimen but a minimum of three if all of them are oversized (caution you may loose points on variety)

vi) The size of specimens: micro-mounts to unlimited.

vii) Allowed in this open sub category would be slabs, flats and geodes, all with polished surfaces (at least on one side unless the geode is such that it is impractical to polish) whose sole purpose is to bring out the beauty of the stone. The intended use of the stone is display only and not functional such as bookends or ashtrays or jewellery.

viii) Synthetic specimens (commercially manufactured or home grown) will only be allowed for educational purposes, where the exhibitor is trying to teach and inform the lay public with proper labeling which includes the information and data needed to realize the educational potential of the exhibit

ix) Duplication of a species will be allowed under one condition, one mineral is alone the other in its matrix (i.e. pyrite dollar and one embedded in coal shale). Note quartz and amethyst are not considered duplicates. If one is trying to show the variety of form or colour (such as the various forms pyrite takes) the specimens will not be considered duplicates.

x) Minerals and materials embedded within plastic will not be allowed.

Judging to be based on:

i) Accuracy in labelling (name of minerals, location and classification)

ii) Rarity

iii) Specimen preparation (freedom of excess material etc.)

iv) Showmanship (Layout of case)

v) Quality (condition of crystals –bruises and flaws; size of crystals; crystal arrangement; clarity; freedom from excess foreign material; and the amount of identified material that is visible

vi) Variety





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