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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Cuprian powellite: Jardinera No. 1 Mine, Inca de Oro, Chañaral Province, Atacama Region, Chile.

The yellow fluorescence of powellite, which is intrinsi...

Locality: Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM, Montérégie, Québec, Canada.

Obviously this natrolite contains some uranyl, which makes it lig...

This specimen came from one of the mines near Caracoles, Antofagasta Region, Antofagasta Province, Sierra Gorda District, Caracoles, Chile.

The caracol...

Anglesite from Monteponi, Sardinia, Italy.

Weak yellowish fluorescence in SW-UV.

Blue-green celestine on aragonite. The celestine fluoresces a color that is hard to describe... somewhere between tan and grey. The aragonite glows br...

Jumillaite is not a recognized mineral species. It's a post-volcanic mixture of different silicates, such as analcime, leucite and others. It's the wh...

The labels of specimens like this nearly always read "Calcite & willemite". They never mention the non-fluorescent massive brown stuff, the tephroite....

Green willemite, violet-blue hardystonite and orange clinohedrite. Some very minor calcite and a spec of esperite are on the back side. There is also...

At the Maui Ocean Center in Malaea... Not to be missed: fluorescing coral! Quite a few species appear to fluoresce in long wave UV. Strictly speaking...

Quite a bolder and a quite pretty bicolored one! Locatlity: Bertrix, Luxemburg, Belgium. I haven't a clue what causes the somewhat "special" fluoresce...

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