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Nature’s Rainbows is a non-commercial web site maintained entirely by volunteer hobbyists and contributors.  Our mission is to provide information about UV and luminescence, premium fluorescent mineral photos, and a fluorescent mineral database for the enjoyment of FL mineral collectors around the world.  Information on this web site is covered under a Creative Commons License.


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Fluorescent Mineral Photo Gallery

Minerals that are fluorescent under shortwave, midwave, and/or longwave UV from around the world.  Each database entry shows white light photos along with UV photos, as well as localities and descriptions.  Use the index to search for specific minerals, or fluorescent minerals from a region.   If this page is entered via the index, the results are filtered.

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Schalenblende is an interesting rock composed of concentric layers of fine grained sphalerite, typically included with intergrown crystals of other su...

These barite specimens, collected from an abandoned barite mine in Custer County, Colorado, show an unusual multi-wavelength red to orange fluorescent...

The Cave-In-Rock area of Hardin County in southern Illinois is known for producing some of the most spectacular display quality fluorite specimens on...

A large, well-formed, red/brown willemite crystal sits on top of a matrix of white calcite, from the Sterling Mine, Sterling Hill, Ogdensburg, New Jer...

Raspberry red colored, hexagonal crystals of corundum (var. ruby) in a granite-like matrix, from an unidentified mine in Mysore, India.  Under long wa...

Hemimorphite is a zinc silicate hydrate mineral that is found in various locations worldwide.  Most hemimorphite specimens show little or no fluoresce...

Named after its type locality, the Zuni mine in San Juan County, Colorado, zunyite is an uncommon aluminum sorosilicate mineral that shows a soft, che...

The Linwood Mine, an underground limestone mine in Buffalo, Scott County, Iowa, is known for producing beautiful display quality calcite and barite sp...

This is a spectacular 4-color, mixed mineral, fluorescent specimen from the Franklin Mine, Franklin, New Jersey.  This rock contains sphalerite, chlor...

This is a variety of willemite from Franklin, New Jersey called "apple green willemite" for its, well...  apple green color.  This is one of the brigh...

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FINDING MINERALS
 

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You may filter the view of the archive to find minerals in a certain geographic area, or those that respond to specific wavelengths or have other characteristics.  If the view is filtered the results show only that selection.

Famous localities are listed as separate geographic areas under Region View.

Using the search box above you may find specific minerals, mines, or localities.

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