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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One of Belgium's lesser known fluorescent minerals is smithsonite. It fluoresces weakly in SW UV but much stronger in the powerbeam of the Convoy S2+....

Quartz with hyalite opal, Chihuahua, Mexico. A geode with fluorescing hyalite opal also has a few tiny quartz crystals. This one is about 3 mm high an...

Creedite, Durango, Mexico. Probably but not confirmed from the Navidad Mine. This specimen cost me the princely sum of US$ 3.00. It's a perfectly unda...

This is a so-called "black" calcite from the Gralex quarry, Mont-sur-Marchienne (near Charleroi), Hainout Province, Belgium.

These crystals are darker...

Tyuyamunite: Margaritas No. 1 Mine, Sierra Peña Blanca, Peña Blanca District, Mun. de Aldama, Chihuahua, Mexico

This is a calcium uranyl vanadate. The...

Wavellite: Kielce District, Świętokrzyskie Mts (Holy Cross Mts), Świętokrzyskie, Poland

The specimen has a broken wavellite sphere on a quartz matrix....

From the Brunita Mine, La Union, Murcia, Spain. A nice sandwich of calcite between layers of caliche. Seen under LW_UV. (courtesy of the MKA)

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