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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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Small delicate crystal florets of yellow fluorescing quartz needles

are peppered around a matrix of calcite on this striking specimen.  Not often do we...

Not many collectors seek out chalcedony. Similarly, when they hear caliche [a zone of calcium carbonate or other carbonates in soils of semiarid regio...

Sterling Hill calcite and willemite is known for its very bright fluorescence. This piece doesn't disappoint as the core displays brightly fluorescing...

We've had plenty of postings from the Puttapa Zinc Mine so it is now time for one from its neighbor, the Aroona zinc mine. Evidently there is a much g...

This was a fortuitous find at a local mineral show. Just like with oysters, one never knows what one will find in a geode. In addition to the green fl...

Black and White agate with pockets of calcite and aragonite. Not as spectacular in daylight as Crazy Lace Agate [also from Chihuahua] but it more than...

These fluorite slices originated in the Inner Mongolia region of China. The fluorite nodule formed around a mineral inclusion[s] and, over time, addit...

Thernardite is an anhydrous sodium sulfate mineral which occurs in arid evaporative environments such as Soda Lake. It fluoresces in a ghostly blue fa...

Rumor has it that this mine [Chihuahua, Mexico] has been dynamited by the Mexican Gendarmes. Evidently it was being used for storage by the drug carte...

The North Geronimo Mine, also known as the Pure Potential Mine, is located in the Trigo Mountains, La Paz County, Arizona. The matrix of this piece is...

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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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